Home working Georgian-style

Many of us have set up our homes to allow us to work remotely during this coronavirus pandemic. But while we’re in lockdown, perhaps we can take inspiration from the fact that we’re not the first to practise ‘home working’. The grand 18th century homes that so many of us enjoy visiting today (when we’re able to) […]

Who was Miss Busby?

Historic portraits that line the walls of nearly all historic houses can seem daunting and anonymous. Some have deep connections with a place whereas others are often bought to make a room even more ‘historic’. But these were real people and piecing together their lives, requiring perseverance and luck, can be revealing. This portrait, painted […]

Notice Regarding Covid-19

Our primary concern at York Civic Trust and Fairfax House is ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors in light of the recent situation regarding COVID-19. We have therefore decided to provisionally postpone the official reopening of the museum and reschedule all planned events across the organisation. It is vitally important to […]

Characterising James Gillray: The Life Behind the Satire

James Gillray (1756-1815) is heralded as one of the founding fathers of British satire. Depicting political events and society figures with a penetrating gaze, he was equally feared and revered. The themes he draws upon in his masterful prints remain vitally relevant to modern audiences, just as his work continues to influence and inspire today’s […]

The Georgian Approach to Personal Hygiene

How the upper classes stayed clean and battled body odour in the 18th century Bathing Despite the popularity of spa towns during the Regency Period, it was commonly believed that bathing was unhealthy as soaking in water, and especially hot water, was thought to let disease enter the body. When Georgians did take a bath, […]

CLOSURE: York Residents Weekend 2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances we regretfully announce that we are unable to open Fairfax House as part of the 2020 York Residents Festival. This is due to emergency conservation work required on all of our important historic plasterwork and stucco ceilings. During our usual January closed period, specialist testing – carried out by York Conservation […]