Blue plaques in York with a Rowntree connection
A Plaque for Seebohm Rowntree
This plaque on his birthplace at ‘Top House‘ on the corner of Bootham and St Marys went up on 1 June 2016. It was unveiled by Dianne Willcocks of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Andrew Scott of the York Civic Trust.
We created a film installation (Seebohm Rowntree 360).
A Plaque for Joseph Rowntree
Look out for the commemorative plaque for Joseph Rowntree outside Pizza Hut, on Pavement, the site of the building where he was born. As with Seebohm’s plaque, we collaborated with the York Civic Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for this plaque to mark the place where the Rowntree story in York all began. The official unveiling was by Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Peter Addyman CBE, of the York Civic Trust on Monday 29 October 2014. Also pictured, Bridget Morris of the Rowntree Society.
History of 28 Pavement
Joseph Rowntree was born in a building on this site and his father had his grocery business. With the support of the present owners of this historic building we documented the upstairs interior in film and still photography. A detailed architectural history has been compiled, as well as a chronological history. We created a travelling exhibition that was put on display in locations across the city over an 18-month period.
A unique contemporary account of the shop rules for the apprentices who lived on the top floors was uncovered in the course of this project and transcribed.
This project was kindly supported by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, the William A Cadbury Charitable Trust, and Feoffees of St Michael Spurriergate.
Plaque on Bootham
Plaque on The Stray