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Rowntree’s Jelly classics – Tomato Ratatouille

By Jaanika Reinvald. In honour of the Diamond Jubilee in 1983 the Rowntree factory published a booklet with a selection of its best jelly recipes. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to browse through the recipes and one in particular caught my attention. Having grown up in Estonia where meat jelly is one more »< Read More...

The Haxby Road Factory

In 1890 Joseph Rowntree bought 29 acres of land off Haxby Road and began to build a new modern industrial complex. This complex was to house the manufacture of gum products and was sited with a main entrance onto Wigginton Road and a smaller pedestrian footpath access from Haxby Road.In 1899 an additional more »< Read More...

The Rowntree Society Collection

As the “York Remembers Rowntree” oral history project has been active, we have received a number of wonderful donations from interviewees, families and members of the public. This provide a fabulously personal account of Rowntree’s and we would like to thank everyone who has given us items. I have started to photograph these more »< Read More...

Gallery of York Residents Weekend 2014

This is what we got up to at the Residents Weekend back in January 2014…. If you took your own photos and would like to see them added to the gallery, please email them to memories@rowntreesociety.org Read More...

A Volunteer’s View …”York Remembers Rowntree” Interview No. 10

By Jaanika Reinvald. Usually the idea on an interview fills me with dread and makes me lose sleep while I go around listing the skills and qualities that I bring to the company and what exactly I hope to gain in return. It was a very nice change to wake up in the more »< Read More...

Event…York Residents Festival at Bootham School

By Jaanika Reinvald. On the fourth weekend of January York residents could enjoy a rare treat organised by a variety of heritage organisations in York – two Open Doors days. This means that societies that do not usually have HQs open to the public or museums that normally charge entrance fees found a more »< Read More...

Behind the scenes… what happens at the office?

By Jaanika Reinvald A regular day volunteering with the Rowntree Society is never dull, always full of new stories and unexpected happenings. The other day when I was heading to the Society’s offices at Clements Hall I was expecting to sit down for a couple of hours, pore over some Cocoa Works Magazines more »< Read More...

Behind the scenes… how to make your own fake chocolates

By Jaanika Reinvald. Taking into account our own fondness for real chocolates it was decided that the best way to actually manage a chocolate-packing activity was to make a batch of very realistic looking fake chocolates. In these five easy steps you can make your own set of fake chocolates. 1) Purchase a more »< Read More...

Behind the scenes… the making of the Moorrees Formboard

By Jaanika Reinvald. Creating our interactive activities is no easy task! Getting ready for the event in the York Explore Library took no less than an entire weekend, or 16 straight hours, of preparation by a crew of volunteers. We did not have an original Moorrees Formboard and had only ever seen a more »< Read More...

Event…Taking over York Explore Library

By Jaanika Reinvald. On Wednesday, the 4th of December we recreated some of the activities from the Rowntree factory days in the foyer of York Explore Library. Having set up a board with an eye-catching picture of the women working in the factory, laid out all the mouthwatering fake chocolates and set the more »< Read More...