Just one of the costumed confectioners appearing at York Castle Museum over the summer
Just one of the costumed confectioners appearing at York Castle Museum over the summer

York Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

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This summer York Castle Museum invites visitors to discover the history of chocolate in its immersive new experience, ‘Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past’.

As part of the activities lined up over the rest of the summer, you can walk along the recreated Victorian street of Kirkgate and meet York’s famous costumed confectioners including Sir Joseph Terry, Joseph Rowntree and Mary Ann Craven. You will hear about their world-famous chocolates – still eaten today – and discover how sweets have changed throughout history, from the Georgians, Victorians and Jacobians right through to the 1960s. With a spectacular whizzing, fizzing, sweet-making machine and a working chocolate factory, there will be lots to see and do including specially designed activities for the under 5s. In Museum Monkeys, the museum’s daily drop-in sessions, children can hear stories about chocolate, play in a mock-up chocolate shop and learn how to make their very own confectionery boxes.

Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past is part of an ongoing celebration of York’s proud history as a confectionery producer and will be running until 5 January 2018. All activities are included in the main admission price and entry is free for under 17s! For more information, please visit their website.

York Castle Museum is just one of the organisations signed up to our Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto. If you don’t already know, it’s an eight-point toolkit designed to help museums and galleries become more accessible to children, young people and their families. Why not go to our Manifesto page to learn more, or find out who else is signed up?

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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