Archives: August 2016

No. 3

This cricket bat made c.1750 comes to us from the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord’s and surprisingly was created for use by a left-hander. First mentioned in 1624, Cricket had evolved into a popular spectator sport by the eighteenth century.

Brand new ranges arrive

The Museum Shop has just taken delivery of two new fabulous ranges. Discover the intricate hand-screen printed linen of Thornback & Peel in with their uniquely stylish and playful signature designs. Made in Yorkshire, Fikkerts body products are made from the very best natural ingredients sourced from all over the world and are instantly recognisable by their exquisite fragrances and imaginative design.

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.