Quakers, Chocolate and Social Reform

Ref: C3676066

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) have played a prominent role in York's history for over 300 years. Find out why Quakers got involved in making chocolate and in social action in York and beyond, and discover the physical and social heritage they left behind. We will look at the history of Terry's as well as other Quaker chocolate makers and businesses around the country. Chocolate tastings are an important part of this course!

Course aim

Develop understanding of the impact of local Quaker families on the history and development of York as a centre for chocolate manufacturing and social welfare. Discover Quakers' roles in society and business from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name at least 2 major figures from each of the Tuke, Rowntree and Terry families.
  • List three reports by Seebohm Rowntree that influenced social welfare in Britain and explain their impact and importance
  • Explain how chocolate is made and where it comes from
  • Describe three surviving legacies of Quaker chocolate-making in York, including their location
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues in which Quakers took an interest during the periods studied

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Note-taking materials may be useful, though the tutor will provide hand-outs at each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Quakers, Chocolate and Social Reform

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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