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'Money at the time of the Good Humour Club: Coins and tokens of the Eighteenth Century'
Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold, York, YO61 4AD
Wednesday 4 September, 7pm
"This Night it was agreed by the members present to accept of half a guinea for Mr Chandler’s absences which is to be spent in a Turkey feast on this night fortnight."
Minutes of the Good Humour Club meeting dated 8 December 1742
It was one of the founding rules of eighteenth-century society the Good Humour Club that each member would pay a fine of sixpence for every meeting they missed. But just how much would sixpence have bought you in the eighteenth century? And as business owners and tradesmen, would any of the members have tried to pay in their own coin - trade tokens issued by shopkeepers in lieu of national currency? Join us at the Good Humour Club exhibition on 4 September to learn more about money and coinage in the eighteenth century from expert Andrew Woods of the York Museums Trust. The talk is part of the Good Humour Club exhibition at Shandy Hall Gallery. Come along to explore the exhibition and experience a rare opportunity to handle coins from the York Museums Trust’s collection.
The event is free to attend but numbers are limited. Places must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 01347 868465.