Short Films

Short Films

In recent years we have created some short films to capture parts of the Rowntree story.

A biography of Lawrence Rowntree to accompany an exhibition we created at York Castle Museum (April-December 2017).


An immersive installation created to commemorate the centenary of Joseph Rowntree’s becoming an honorary freeman of the city of York in November 1911.

An immersive installation to draw attention to the significance of Seebohm Rowntree as a national figure and his role in industrial welfare.


50 Years of Collecting Rowntrees: three short films celebrating private collector Joe Dickinson and his collection.

BBC 2 Documentary ‘A Life Without Work’

We supported BBC2 during the making of a two-part film in 2010 that compared unemployment in York today with the situation 100 years ago, when Seebohm Rowntree wrote his important study of Unemployment, as a follow-up to his seminal study on Poverty. The presenter, Richard Bilton, attended the reception to mark this programme as a guest speaker.

Copies of the broadcast programme are available through all the branch libraries in York.

Factory to Front: A short film on Rowntrees by University of York students (2013)

See here.

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