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The Requisites of Novelty, Fashion and Elegance

This week at Fairfax House in York, an extraordinary scrapbook of historic fabrics will go on show for the first time.

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The fabrics were originally featured in Ackermann’s Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics, a well-known early 19th century periodical which is an incredible source for study of that period.  They were gathered into a scrapbook entitled British Patterns of Manufacture, for the benefit of students at Bradford Technical College.

The scrapbook will be on show in a major exhibition at Fairfax House which explores the growth of shopping as a leisure pastime in Georgian England.  Consuming Passions will run from 28 May-31 December 2015 and will look at the ways Georgian middle and upper class people decorated themselves and their homes in the latest fashion.  The vivid and colourful patterns depicted in the scrapbook are a fascinating part of this exuberant and luxurious world.

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Priestley’s Journey continues

As already mentioned in several blog posts this year, the 75th anniversary edition of J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey” (Great Northern Books) is attracting plenty of interest around the country.

Nottingham Evening Post Tuesday 4 August Stewed tea, football, and Goose Fair.

The Press (York) Saturday 25 July

Bradford Telegraph and Argus Saturday 15 August and Friday 24 July

Leicester Mercury Tuesday 25 August Priestley’s views on hunting, what he considered to be Leicester’s lack of atmosphere, and slipper problems.

Yorkshire Post 12 September. Revisiting Priestley’s Bradford.

There have also been reviews in the Eastern Daily Press (Norwich), Lincolnshire Echo, Evening Post (Bristol), and Lancashire Evening Post, and 5 London magazines: Angel, Resident, Grove, Clapham, and Northside.