The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection. Shandy Hall is situated 15 miles to the north of York in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park
Historic house or home
House open 1 May to 30 September, every Wednesday (2 to 4.30) & Sunday (2.30 to 4.30).
Gardens open 1 May to 30 September, every day except Saturday (11 to 4.30).
House: Adults £4.50. Accompanied children £2.25
Gardens: Adults £2.50
- 4 June — 29 September 2017 *on now
The exhibition shows some of the prints of English literature engraved in the last quarter of the eighteenth century which were singly issued rather than being in books. Most of these are in the technique of stipple, which suddenly became popular with the increased demand for decorative prints in the 1770s.
With the publication of 'A Sentimental Journey' in 1768, Laurence Sterne played an important part in moulding public taste for the emotional response, and in the last quarter of the eighteenth century the growing popularity of novels coincided with the increased availability of prints depicting moving scenes from their pages.
‘Affecting Moments’ exhibits a collection of such scenes, often of high emotional intensity, from literature in the Age of Romantic Sensibility.
On the whole artists looked for moving incidents to depict - hence the 'Affecting Moments' title of the exhibition. A high proportion of the prints show powerful female emotion treated in a sentimental way.
Shandy Hall, Coxwold YO61 4AD
Open Sunday 4 June - Friday 29 September 2017, 11am - 4:30pm
Everyday except Saturdays
Contact number: 01347868465
Exhibition : free
Garden Admission: £3.00
Garden and Hall Admission: £5.00