Since opening its doors in early 2018, York Mansion House has hosted a range of events from parlour games to product launches, black tie dinners to immersive theatrical feasts. In 2019 we will pack our schedule with even more delights; our Chinese New Year celebrations, intimate live concerts, fashion shows and screenings.

Crafty Women in the Eighteenth Century

Thursday 4th March 1800

Join us for a drink and evening lecture that will illuminate the world of Georgian making and how women used arts and crafts not only to decorate their homes, but also as a source of income. It centres on the fascinating story of Hannah Robertson, who claimed to be the illegitimate granddaughter of Charles II. Robertson made crafts and also taught other women how to make them, through her school and her popular instructional manual. The Schools of Arts. She also offered lessons at boarding schools in York. For Robertson, craft provided an escape from the strictures placed on Georgian women. Notably it allowed her to thrive and succeed in a period in which women were dependent financially dependent on men. Robertson knew all too well the problems of unreliable suitors, husbands and sons, but craft offered her a creative outlet and financial independence.

Dr Chloe Wigston Smith is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York.

 Tickets available at https://mansionhousecraftywomen.eventbrite.com


Vanity & Vision

Saturday 16th March 1930

York Literature Festival, in association with the Mansion House, present an opulent evening of insight and entertainment from one of England's most spectacular periods of history.

Journey with us three hundred years into the past and mingle among the authentic Georgian rooms and treasures of the Mansion House (1732).

We'll settle you, with your welcome drink, into the stunningly renovated State Room for live chamber music by the classical composers who were alive during the 18th century. Literature about the age of enlightenment and grandeur will be presented in a modern recreation - a classic period narrative interpreted for the big cinema screen (programme details available via yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk).

During the evening you will enjoy a Baroque inspired meal platter and a bar will be available throughout for purchase of a range of drinks. Relax by candle-light and immerse yourself in the breathtaking visual environment of York's finest Georgian House with the perfect mix of arts, ideas and hospitality from a Golden Age.

Part of York Literature Festival


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