Lecture: Georgians and the Pursuit of Pleasure – Hannah Phillip
Join us for an evening with the Hannah Phillip – Director of York’s Fairfax House – whilst she delves into the tempting array of decadent activities and pleasurable pursuits of Georgian Society… catering for all tastes and predilections, sometimes challenging the notions of what ‘polite’ entertainment encompassed in the eighteenth century.
Concentrating locally, she will discuss 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 talk delves into the city’s debauched diversions, including ‘polite’ society’s taste for notorious trials, visiting prisons and public hangings. In exploring the full gamut of York’s lively social and cultural life Hannah will reveal a fascinating insight into the city’s exuberant, and often times murky, past.