2015 Projects

New Rowntree Walks of York

The plan is to expand the original walks leaflet into a 40-page booklet that will contain five distinct Rowntree walks. It will be ready in the autumn 2016.

These are:
(i) City Centre
(ii) Bootham and Clifton
(iii) Out of town – Heslington the river and parks
(iv) Haxby Road and the factory
(v) New Earswick

Each walk will contain some basic facts and point people towards places and details to look out for, as well as inviting them to imagine aspects of the past (where those are not immediately visible today). We think this method will enable us most effectively to help people to ‘do the walk without the talk.’

Please can you help towards our printing costs?

You can make a donation here

York Festival of Ideas 2015 – concluding our Oral History project

The “York Remembers Rowntree” project drew to a close in March. Now we’ve got a dedicated part of our website just for capturing and mapping these memories and we hope to keep adding to these as the months and years pass.We hosted a lot of exciting events to conclude our ‘York Remembers Rowntree’ project at the York Festival of Ideas in the summer of 2015.

Click on the links below for information about the events, and the description of all we did during the project, which lasted from autumn 2013 to spring 2015.

Events summary

York Remembers Rowntree Project Summary

Portrait photo gallery from our Memories Exhibitions 

Listen to the audio files


And then, we got another grant from Heritage Lottery Fund …

The end of one Heritage Lottery Funded project and the start of a new one!  We’re delighted that we’ve been awarded a second grant, this time to buy a collection of books by Seebohm Rowntree which we’re planning to use to create some small exhibitions to demonstrate his enormous achievement in business management and social reform nationally. See here for more information about our plans.




Workshop Report “Towards a 21st century Rowntree Agenda”

In October 2014 we held a Workshop in New Earswick called ‘Towards a 21st Century Rowntree Agenda’.  70 people attended from all over the country and there was a very lively discussion about what Rowntree means today. Here is the final  Workshop Report  that indicates some of the key findings and that will help shape the future directions for the Rowntree Society. Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more.