Conserving the Magdalene

The Fairfax House curatorial team are currently raising £380.00 to restore a significant painting from the collection, titled The Magdalene. The Magdalene features a finely painted portrait of Mary Magdalene seated at a table, writing, with an inkwell and a jar of ointment to one side. She wears distinctive costume and headgear, while the background landscape […]

Friends of Fairfax House Fund Frame Restoration Project

You may have seen our most recent digital ‘Curator Talk’ about ‘Emblems of Love’, which for the last 80 years has been ascribed to William Etty R.A., but was recently discovered to be by the later Victorian artists James Sant R.A. If you missed this you can view it here. The painting is in really good condition, […]

Join our team!

NEW ROLE: Visitor Engagement and Volunteer Officer Are you a proactive people person? Are you trustworthy and responsible, with strong attention to detail? If so, you would be the ideal person to join our team, running our friendly front of house and ensuring our visitors and volunteers always have a great experience in the museum. […]

Restoring the Devotional

The Fairfax House curatorial team are currently raising £500.00 to restore a very precious item from the collection, a leather-bound devotional book. This pocket-sized prayer book dates back to 1685 and would’ve been referred to daily for guidance through inspirational prayers. Its significance lies in the fact that it is one of only three pieces in the […]

A letter from our Chair and Chief Executive

Dear Volunteers, Members & Friends Over the last two months the teams at York Civic Trust and Fairfax House, working from home, have been delivering some amazing work across all fronts. Hopefully this great digital content has been seen by and reached more people than ever before. You may have seen some of it in […]

#CURATORBATTLE: Museums go viral on Twitter

Friday’s during lockdown for us are now quite different. Each week we are poised ready to take place in a #CURATORBATTLE on Twitter, competing with other museums to find an object in our collections that ‘best’ fits a theme set by the Yorkshire Museum. So far we have competed to be the museum with the: #dullestobject #prettiestobject, #deadliestobject, #bestegg (Easter Weekend) and most […]