The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall
The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection. Shandy Hall is situated 15 miles to the north of York in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.
You are invited to a meeting of the Good Humour Club
Tonight, for your delight, entertainment and edification, a number of gentlemen are gathering in Sunton’s Coffee-house for their weekly meeting of shared minds. The Good Humour Club has been meeting in an upstairs room in York for over 30 years and the time has passed pleasurably for all concerned.
However on this night in 1759 a piece of grit is thrown into the oyster of their contentment. A new book has been published this very day – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – and for perhaps the first time, our gentlemen find their opinions differing and their attitudes to the Humour they have celebrated coming under question.A place has been saved for you next to the fire, and if you will charge your glass and settle yourself comfortably, we give you licence to eavesdrop on their conversation.
Reading the Past, Writing the Future is an educational project, devised by The Laurence Sterne Trust, which aims to encourage primary schools to visit their local church and to stimulate creative work inspired by the stories that can be found there. Find out more
A new bust of Sterne now available - Find out more