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News release - Issued by Fairfax House York

Experts reveal secrets of Poldark

Devotees of Georgian period drama such as Poldark and The Duchess can enjoy insider insights from two expert advisors to popular Georgian period dramas on television and the silver screen at Fairfax House in York this Thursday (30 November).

As historical advisors to a wide range of A-list TV shows and films including Gunpowder, Poldark, The Duchess, and The Scandalous Lady W, historians Hannah Greig and Hallie Rubenhold will offer visitors anecdotes about their experiences of the period being translated onto the screen, along with other insights into the rich eighteenth century.

Both experts are also critically acclaimed authors and their books will be available to buy on the evening which will conclude with book signings.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy the period rooms at Fairfax House decked with traditional Georgian Christmas decorations including evergreens with religious connotations, the traditional kissing bough with its distinctly risqué associations and magnificent sugar work table decorations to show off the wealth of the house’s inhabitants.

Fairfax House director, Hannah Phillip, said: “As the finest Georgian town house in England, Fairfax House is a fantastic destination all year round, but during the festive period it really comes into its own. The opportunity to welcome Hannah and Hallie to discuss their experiences of helping to represent the Georgian period on the screen amidst the magnificent house decorations is an exciting prospect that we hope will encourage as many people as possible to come and take in the festive splendour.”
The Christmas Evening Extravaganza runs as part of York’s Late Night Thursday which will see Fairfax House open late until 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the Georgian kitchen and the museum shop will offer up to 20% off all ranges.

For more information about the Christmas Evening Extravaganza and to find out about other upcoming festive events at Fairfax House go to

Admission to Fairfax House for the Christmas Evening Extravaganza is £7.50 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for children aged over six and under 16. Family tickets are £17.50. The Museum shop is open to all.


For more information please contact Jane Chamberlain ( or Jenny Marston ( at Cicada or telephone 01423 567111.

Editor’s Note:

Fairfax House is part of the York Civic Trust charity and it aims to showcase the rich eighteenth-century heritage of the townhouse through its town centre setting, outstanding collections and archives.

Originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax and his daughter Anne, Fairfax House’s richly decorated interiors and magnificent stucco ceilings make it is a masterpiece of Georgian design and architecture.

A beautiful collection of furniture brings the house alive and creates a special feeling of warmth. It evokes a life once lived in comfort and grandeur, vividly recalling a lost world of townhouse-living in the 1760s.

Fairfax House contains one of the best private collections of mid-eighteenth-century English furniture collected by Noel Terry, the longstanding chairman and great grandson of the founder of the confectionery business and one of the Founders of the York Civic Trust.

Admission to Fairfax House is £7.50 for adults, £6.00 for concessions and £3.00 for children over 6 and under 16. Family tickets are £17.50

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