Keeping Time in the Georgian House

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Date / time: 15 June, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fairfax House

Keeping Time in the Georgian House

Revolutionary advances in timekeeping during the Georgian Age gave to the world new ways to calculate, co-ordinate and measure time. An affluent social elite, moving between parties and events at the theatre, racecourse and assembly rooms, demanded accurate timekeeping to regulate their activities, making the ownership of a clock or watch not just a luxury commodity and symbol of status, but also a necessity.

In this special guest lecture for Fairfax House (as part of the 2016 Festival of Ideas: ‘Tick Tock’) Dr John C Taylor OBE, one of the world’s most renowned inventors and foremost horologists, will explore the keeping of time in the Georgian House, and looking specifically within Fairfax House suggest what clocks the Fairfax family might have owned, or were acquired by the Ninth Viscount, Charles Gregory Fairfax, to furnish his daughter’s newly remodelled and fashionable townhouse on Castlegate.

Tickets: Adults: £14.00 / Friends & Members: £12.00 / Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

To make a booking please phone 01904 655543, or email Alternatively, if you live locally, tickets are available from Fairfax House Museum Shop.

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