“York Remembers Rowntree” Oral History Project

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From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city…

Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree.

“York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project used oral history, documents, social media and photography to capture the stories of York residents who have benefited from the legacy left by the Rowntree family. Through this project we aimed to record and collect the memories of York residents for whom the Rowntree name holds a special significance in their lives.

This project aimed to fill a gap in current knowledge about the contribution the Rowntree family had in the everyday lives of people within the city. We took an  in-depth look at four areas: the purpose built housing and community of New Earswick, factory life, entertainment & leisure time and transportation. Through this project we aimed to:

  •    Record the memories of people, which may otherwise be lost from history forever
  •    Build up an oral history archive to complement existing historical collections
  •    Provide a research resource for the community, students and researchers.

 

Our Volunteers’ Blog entries during the Project

News: Audio-post at Rowntree Park

Bridget : October 13, 2014 12:16 pm : Community life, Memories Project, Uncategorized
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Appeal for Information- the location of a WWI memorial

Bridget : August 13, 2014 9:44 am : Business History, Community life, Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

First World War, Rowntrees and workers

Bridget : August 11, 2014 9:36 am : Business History, Community life, Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Rowntree’s Park, Birthday Party Event 20th July 2014

Bridget : July 9, 2014 9:16 am : Memories Project, Uncategorized
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Rowntree’s Private Railway

Bridget : May 27, 2014 1:49 pm : Business History, Confectionery history, Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Prototype Chocolates?

Bridget : May 19, 2014 2:42 pm : Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

More than a hundred years of Rowntree history…

Bridget : May 14, 2014 1:12 pm : Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Cocoa Works Brass Band

Bridget : May 14, 2014 10:31 am : Business History, Community life, Memories Project, Social history, York’s history
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

Rowntree’s Jelly classics – Tomato Ratatouille

Bridget : April 20, 2014 2:50 pm : Community life, Memories Project
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »

The Haxby Road Factory

Bridget : April 14, 2014 9:20 am : Business History, Memories Project, York’s history
  From fast-paced production lines to summer days spent in Rowntree Park and the smell of chocolate lingering over the city… Everyone in York has a connection to Rowntree. “York Remembers Rowntree” was an 18-month oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from September 2013 to March 2015. The project more »
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