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