History:Quakers, Chocolate & Social Reform - A History of Chocolate in York

Ref: C3680144

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. Topics studied will include: History of the Quakers in York, especially the Tuke and Rowntree families. Other York chocolate makers, especially Terrys. Links with the wider Quaker community in the UK, chocolate making and other Quaker business interests. Development of Quaker concerns for social issues, involvement and innovation. The social research led by Seebohm Rowntree and its wider influence beyond York. Factory development, working methods and production at Rowntrees and Terrys. The development of New Earswick

Course aim

Explore the impact of local families on the history of York as a centre for chocolate manufacturing and social welfare. Discover Quaker roles in society and business from the 18th to 20th centuries, locally and nationally. Tastings included!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

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

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A notepad and pen may be useful for taking notes during sessions. Course materials will be provided on Canvas. The tutor will bring samples of relevant products to some sessions for tasting.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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History:Quakers, Chocolate & Social Reform - A History of Chocolate in York

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