What we do

What we do

Why a Rowntree Society?

When Joseph Rowntree was voted York’s man of the Millennium in 2000 it was noted that there was a danger of the Rowntree story being lost forever if there was nobody to act as its guardian and intermediary. That was nearly twenty years ago. Now, in York, there is a huge interest in the city’s confectionery history, and a recognition of its place in social history. The Rowntree Society provides a reliable base of information that informs that growing interest.

What is our main objective?

We want to provide a narrative history of the York’s very rich Rowntree legacy, to equal the city’s Roman and Viking history and to underpin the current focus on Chocolate history.

Who funds the Rowntree Society?

We are grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Trusts for enabling us to help to further knowledge about the legacy in its widest sense. To fund specific projects we seek separate funding from grant-making trusts and individuals.

How are we related to the Joseph Rowntree trusts?

As an independent charity with its own board of trustees, the Rowntree Society works separately from the Joseph Rowntree trusts, although from time to time it assists and collaborates with the trusts, especially on legacy issues.

Who are our partners?

We work at different times and in different ways with many colleagues and partners, such as the York Museums Trust, Visit York, the York Civic Trust, local schools, universities, city and branch libraries, commercial and media organisations like the BBC, local businesses, etc.

What kind of work do we do?

Our regular activities include provision of material through this website, lectures, and guided walks. We also run events and exhibitions in connection with, for example, anniversaries and landmark dates. We have created a range of educational, media and factual materials. We also advise on Rowntree history, we put people in contact with each other, and we deal with general as well as specialist enquiries.

Get Fundraising

To make a financial donation (to one of our projects to help with our core costs), it is easy to pay online (with or without Giftaid) by clicking the link below – or please get in touch with the Society about other ways of giving, info@rowntreesociety.org.uk

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