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News release - Issued by York's Chocolate Story

Chocolate and the People of York:
A New Exhibition from York’s Chocolate Story

Opening May 27th 2016

York’s Chocolate Story announces its new exhibition: Chocolate and the People of York which will be opening on Friday 27th May.

“When you left school in York you either went to the railway, joined the army or worked in chocolate!”

- Dave’s Chocolate Story

At its peak, over 14,000 people were employed in York’s famous chocolate factories.

Now, in a brand-new exhibition from York’s Chocolate Story, visitors will be able to hear the voices behind the industry as the people of York tell their own chocolate stories.

The exhibition highlights include the coveted Rowntree’s Departmental Football Trophy with winners from 1904 to 2005, a century-old ornate fireman’s helmet from the Rowntree’s fire brigade as well as a number of amazing personal items and photography.

Bernie Fleck, who has been coordinating the exhibition says: “We wanted to document some of the wonderful stories that our visitors have told us over the years. York’s big chocolate factories were like cities within themselves with medical centres, sports fields, and a thriving social scene. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job has been to hear about the amazing times that the workers had there. I’ve heard fantastic stories about romance and rivalries and mischief on the production line.”

The new exhibition aims to show a unique perspective of a social history which is so important to the city of York and which York’s Chocolate Story is honoured to preserve.


For PR enquiries, please contact Jenni Shepherd on 01904 527722 or (M) 07896732782 or email

Notes to Editors:

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

The journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

We advise booking your tour online in advance at

Opening Times:
• The attraction is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour is at 5pm).
• Closed on 25th December, 26th December and 1st January.

Admission prices:
• Adult £10.95
• Concession £9.95
• Child £8.95
• Family of four £34.95
• Family of five £42.95