Object No. 2: England’s First Female Jockey

To celebrate this week’s Ebor Festival at York Racecourse, the second object in our ‘Weird & Wonderful’ countdown is an engraving of the thrilling race contest at the Knavesmire on 25th August 1804 between daring female jockey Mrs. Alicia Thornton and her brother-in-law Captain Flint.

Object No. 1

No. 1: Our first object is on loan from St Andrew’s University. This silver snuffbox, presented to the Beggar’s Benison Club, is tightly packed with ginger hair. According to the note kept in it, it is the pubic hair of one of George IV’s mistresses.

Top 20

From the pursuit of intimate pleasures to the raucous bedlam of the theatre, ‘In Pursuit of Pleasure’, opens a window onto the outrageous and sometimes shocking behaviour of ‘polite society’ – conducted in the name of entertainment. Across the next couple of months, we invite you to taste the ‘delights’ of Georgian entertainment as we count down through a kaleidoscope of 20 of the most weird and wonderful objects from this exhibition.

NEW Volunteer Opportunity

Fairfax House has just launched a new volunteer opportunity to get involved in exhibitions as an Exhibition Gallery Assistant. Welcoming visitors into our gallery space, and assisting with visitor questions and queries, Gallery Assistants have an important role to play in our exciting and diverse programme of exhibitions designed to offer new viewpoints and ways of […]

We’re in countdown mode

Just under 20 days left of The Rise & Fall of the Georgian Heel. Don’t miss your chance to see this unabashed homage to the shoe – and choose which pair you couldn’t live without…

Romantic, rebellious or downright ruthless?

The highwayman is a familiar figure to most. Join us on Wednesday 27 April at 7.00pm for a guest lecture by Professor James Sharpe who uncovers the The Georgian Highwayman and the realities of life on the eighteenth-century highway.