Fairfax House Museum

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Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1330-1700
Closed Fri

Admission charges

Adult
Concession

£6.00
£5.00
Concessions include senior citizens and students.

Great family savings
Entry is FREE for Children under sixteen, so a visit to Fairfax House offers great savings for a family visit.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Genius of Grinling Gibbons

The Genius of Grinling Gibbons: From Journeyman to King's Carver

  • 14 April — 14 September 2018 *on now

Fairfax House is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Grinling Gibbons’ ‘King David Panel’ the earliest-known, surviving work by Gibbons – made in York. Saved from international export and potential obscurity in a private collection, this magnificent work now forms part of the permanent collection at Fairfax House.

To celebrate the ‘home-coming’ of this exquisite piece of craftsmanship and to illuminate the extraordinary skill of Grinling Gibbons’ – the Michelangelo of Wood – Fairfax House will be mounting a major new exhibition in 2018, From Journeyman to King’s Carver: The Genius of Grinling Gibbons. Opening on the 370th anniversary of Grinling Gibbons’ birth, this exhibition also marks the 350th year of his arrival in York.

Drawing on new research and bringing together artworks and sculpture by the hand of this iconic individual from across the country (including St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, V&A to name just a few), From Journeyman to King’s Carver celebrates Grinling Gibbons’ unequalled talent, his visionary genius, and his ability to transform the medium of wood into something magical. It will explore his development from an obscure journeyman through to becoming the country’s most celebrated master-carver, working for the King himself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included as part of admission to Fairfax House

Admission to Fairfax House:
Adult £7.50, Concession £6.00, Child (5-15) £3.00

Website

http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/whats-on/the-genius-of-grinling-gibbons/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A Right Royal Do!

A Right Royal Do!

  • 2 June 2018 7:30-9:30pm

In this year of great royal nuptial celebrations – to say nothing of King David’s first full year in his new home at Fairfax House – Ad Hoc will be musically channelling all this regal excitement in ‘A Right Royal Do!’.

They will be taking a pinch of Handel, a generous dollop of Gilbert and Sullivan, two scoops of Elgar, a large helping of folk songs, and drizzling it with a little Britten, to serve up a musical concert fit for a King.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

General: £14.00 (Members: £12.00)
Includes a glass of bubbly or soft drink at the interval

Website

http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/whats-on/a-right-royal-do/

James Watt

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

  • 14 June 2018 7-8:30pm

Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum, considers the ‘Impossible’ in the Age of Reason … unimaginable new technologies, mind-blowing scientific discoveries and revolutionary new ideas. Challenging everything that had gone before, these advancements brought into sharp focus the tensions between imagination and wonder, rationality and reason. In doing so, they provoked controversy, and pushed the boundaries of what Georgian Britain was prepared to believe in.


Ben Russell is Curator of Mechanical Engineering. He has curated five major permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions at the museum, including Robots (2017) and James Watt’s Workshop (2011), as well as Cosmonauts (2015). Watt’s Workshop led on to his book, James Watt: Making the World Anew, (Reaktion Books, 2014). Most recently, Ben edited Robots (Scala, 2017).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

General: £14.00 (Members: £12.00)
Includes post-lecture drinks reception

Website

http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/whats-on/six-impossible-things-before-breakfast/

Fairfax House in Bloom

Fairfax House in Bloom

  • 3 — 8 July 2018

For 2018, Fairfax House in Bloom will be inspired by the extraordinary genius of Grinling Gibbons. Taking inspiration from the ‘Michelangelo of Wood’s carvings and sculptures, floral designers from Acomb Flower Guild will be creating displays that pay homage to the hallmarks, motifs and designs of Gibbons’ artworks. Our guest designers will also capture the essence of the Georgians’ love of horticulture and fascination with the natural world, translating it through flowers, fruit and foliage to create floral artworks that mantle the period interiors of Fairfax House with a riot of colour.

The biennial Fairfax House in Bloom – Festival of Flowers is being staged as part of Bloom!, York’s new four-day festival taking place from July 5th-8th, with events planned across the city. Bloom! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists, founded in 1768, and thought to be the oldest society of its kind in the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free as part of admission to Fairfax House

Website

http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/whats-on/fairfax-house-in-flower/

Our Georgian Surgeon demonstrates cures and remedies.

Kill or Cure: Living and Dying with the Georgians

  • 11 — 12 August 2018

Death was a common part of life for most Georgians and unsurprisingly many were obsessed with their health, or lack of it. The remedies they turned to were more horrible and varied than your imagination could ever supply.

Come and meet the ladies of the house who prepared home cures for the family, servants and even the ‘deserving’ poor. Hear about the strange deaths recorded in the frequently published bills of mortality and the even stranger recipes for curing a sword wound, the flux and the ague.

As a last resort … you might even encounter the Georgian Surgeon who came equipped with an array of special tools but unfortunately no anaesthetic!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free as part of admission to Fairfax House

Website

http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/whats-on/kill-or-cure-living-and-dying-with-the-georgians/

Fairfax House Museum
Fairfax House
Castlegate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 1RN
England

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Website

Telephone

01904 655 543

Fax

01904 652 262

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