The spirit of Christmas is coming to historical venue with a unique festive installation

The scene in the Fairfax House library. Photograph: Fairfax House on Facebook
2 Dec 2020 @ 11.43 am
| Entertainment

A brand new Christmas installation is coming to Fairfax House to celebrate those who have given gifts to York Civic Trust.

From Saturday 5 December to Wednesday 6 January, Fairfax House is opening its doors with an invitation to take a festive journey through its historic interiors in A Season for Giving. Each room will feature magical scenes that will display the generous gifts given to York Civic Trust for the benefit of the people of York. It will be an experience for all the family to enjoy, while learning more about the museum’s collections through an interactive exhibition.

Travel back in time to the 1940s for a family Christmas with Noel Terry, join a raucous Georgian Christmas dinner party that features silverware donated by Arthur Smallwood and Leslie Boothman, and take a look at beautiful eighteenth-century costumes.

The Christmas journey will culminate with an installation of over 400 pieces of Georgian glassware gifted by John Butler.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Fairfax House has been delivering a traditional Georgian Christmas exhibition for over 10 years. Of course, this year has been a year like no other with many venues having to make considerable changes and adjustments. So, this year the curatorial team have decided to create something completely new.

Sarah Burnage, curator at Fairfax House, said: “The idea for the exhibition came about as a result of lockdown.

“With the Museum closed we had time to really focus on our collections and in the process we’ve learnt so much about the generous individuals who bequeathed or lent their precious works to the Trust.

“They, and their special gifts, are the inspiration for this year’s Christmas display.” 

The installations will present fresh stories and showcase much more of the collection beyond the eighteenth century. This new Christmas display will aim to shed light on the civic role of York Civic Trust and celebrate the idea of gifts of all kinds.

Sarah Burnage said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate all those individuals who have given so much to York Civic Trust over the years with this very special and unique installation. A Season for Giving has enabled us to display works which have been tucked away in storage for years, it has been a real delight to be able to place on them on display all together for the first time.” 

Fairfax House hopes to offer a festive celebration packed with more magic and splendour than ever before.

The cost of entry will be £6. Tickets should be pre-booked online but they can also be purchased on the day subject to availability. For more information and to book your tickets please visit the Fairfax House website.