Chocolate and the People of York

Picture 5 - Rowntree's workers streaming out of the main factory on Haxby Road 1950s.Copyright Societe des Produits Nestle S.A

Our new exhibition, Chocolate and the People of York, tells the tale of the original chocolate-making families and those they employed, and celebrates the bright entrepreneurs who continue to keep chocolate’s heritage alive in York today. While other northern centres made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York went its own sweet way and built a city from chocolate.

In its peak, over 14,000 people worked in the chocolate industry in York. As early as the 1800’s, some of the world’s most renowned confectioners, including Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Craven’s, began making a name for themselves and their famous brands, carving the future for chocolate in the UK. York’s CHOCOLATE Story has gathered real-life tales from those hardworking employees with a collection of fascinating photographs to be displayed in the attraction until 23rd October.

The exhibition will also celebrate York’s ongoing commitment to the chocolate industry. The city continues to produce some of the world’s most-loved confectionary, whilst small businesses including York Cocoa House and ChocAffair pave the way for the future of local and handmade confectionary. Visitors to the exhibition will find out more about the faces behind the companies who maintain York’s chocolate legacy.


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