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Fairfax House Exhibition Centre

Exhibition Centre

Fairfax House, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN

Tel: 01904 655543

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A CENTURY OF SHOES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GEORGIAN HEEL

Thursday 10 March - Sunday 26 June 2016

Fairfax House’s fourth exhibition of historic fashion spotlights arguably the most adored and coveted accessories of all… shoes. In this latest exhibition, we pay homage to the shoe and celebrates the Georgians’ love affair with ‘heels’.

A Century of Shoes: The Rise and Fall of the Georgian Heel showcases over 100 shoes from 100 years of fashion (1720-1820). From the fanciful footwear of the wealthiest to the functional mules of the down at heel, this new exhibition reveals the fashion and function of Georgian footwear and celebrates the visual splendour and dramatic forms of a century of shoes from the opulent and extravagant Georgian era. Shoes have been assembled from major shoe collections and some of the country’s most significant textile and costume museums to bring together an exhibition that showcases the great beauty, style, exquisite materials and craftsmanship of footwear from the long eighteenth century.



THE WEIRD & THE WONDERFUL: ENTERTAINING GEORGIAN POLITE SOCIETY

Friday 29 July – Saturday 31 December 2016

From the pursuit of intimate pleasures to the raucous bedlam of the theatre, The Weird & The Wonderful opens a window onto the outrageous and sometimes shocking behaviour of ‘polite society’ – conducted in the name of entertainment.
Fairfax House’s major summer exhibition will look at the social scene in English towns and cities including London, delving into the tempting array of decadent activities and pleasurable pursuits catering for all tastes and predilections, sometimes challenging the notions of what ‘polite’ entertainment encompassed in the eighteenth century.

The Weird & the Wonderful also specifically uncovers the richness of Georgian York’s offerings as the social capital of the North and the place to see and be seen. With Burlington’s exquisite new Assembly Rooms, the excitement of the races, as well as the city’s renowned Theatre Royal, the city enjoyed a social and cultural renaissance. The explosion of luxury retail experiences combined to make York the destination of choice for those in pursuit of refined amusement. As well as exploring its lively winter season with rounds of dinners, balls, assemblies and parties, the exhibition delves into the city’s debauched diversions, including ‘polite’ society’s taste for notorious trials, visiting prisons and public hangings, the wanton pleasures available in the city’s brothels, as well as raucous activities such as cockfighting, bear baiting and street boxing. In exploring the full gamut of York’s lively social and cultural life The Weird & the Wonderful reveals a fascinating world of the city’s exuberant, and often times murky, past.

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Fairfax House is an outstanding 18th Century Georgian House situated in the heart of York which can be hired out for receptions, launches small events and intimate dining.

Guide Prices

Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission to Fairfax House.

Adults: £6
Concessions: £5
Children under 16: Free

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Languages

  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2017

Road Directions

Directions
Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It is located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum.

By Road:
If coming by car take the A64 to York. Exit at the A19 junction for York & Selby. Follow the road into York. At the War Memorial turn right on to Tower Street. The Castle Car Park is directly behind Clifford's Tower.

By Public Transport:
The train services to York are extremely reliable.

On Foot:
Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It it located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum. Look out for the green finger signposts to help direct you.

Park & Ride:
York is served by a Park & Ride Bus Service with stops at many convenient locations around York and close to Fairfax House. Visit www.yorkparkandride.co.uk to find your nearest stop.

Parking:
Centrally located in York, Fairfax House is within easy walking distance of any of the city’s attractions. We are easily accessible for visitors staying in York, Leeds, Harrogate or indeed any Yorkshire town. Coach drop-off can be made to the front of Fairfax House. Clifford’s Tower car-park is directly adjacent and offers an excellent parking option. Alternatively York’s Park & Ride bus service will drop visitors in the centre of York within a 5 minute walk of Fairfax House.

Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 1 mile away.

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