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The Bonanza Apple Peeler on display and other apple themed events this half term at York Castle Museum

October 26 – November 3

A bumper crop of hand picked apple themed events will take place at York Castle Museum this half term – including a huge cast iron Victorian apple peeler powered by a series of sprocket wheels, levers and cams being put on display.
The Bonanza Apple Peeler will be on show with other historic apple peelers, corers and scoops from the museums impressive collection.

There will also be a the chance to test and taste historic apple jam recipes, create art using apples, and learn about traditional apple harvesting as part of the October Half-Term programme.

All the events are included in the admission price, which is FREE to York Card holders.

Charlotte Dootson, head of communications for York Museums Trust, said: “We have had perfect conditions for a bumper harvest of British apples this year so we thought we would celebrate this humble fruit this half term. Come and see the weird and wonderful gizmos used in the past to peel and core apples and then try some of the delicious old fashioned recipes for apple jams in our Kitchen Studio.”

The events will run at various times throughout the half term holiday period.

Modern dental health helps us to forget the level of gum disease and tooth decay which went untreated in the past, and which would make it difficult to bite into hard apples. Peelers, corers and scoops, therefore, were commonly seen in 18th and 19th century kitchens and were even used as love tokens, similar to Welsh spoons, bearing hearts, a couple’s initials and personal messages.

The Victorian mechanised ‘Bonanza apple peeler’, dated 1895 – 1910, was made by ‘Goodell Co’ in Antrim, New Hamshire (USA) and first shown in Britain at the Great Exhibition in 1851. For all fans of gadgetry, this is one not to be missed.
To find out more about the apple-based workshops visit or call 01904 687687.


For more information contact:

Lee Clark, communications manager, York Museums Trust, on 01904 687673 or email

Lauren Masterman, marketing and communications assistant, York Museums Trust, on 01904 687634 or email