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A new exhibition running from now until 31st December has opened at York’s Chocolate Story, focusing on the roles that women have played in the confectionery industry.

The opening of Times of Change: Women and Confectionery coincides with the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. It tells the stories of the pioneering women who had a profound effect on industry, confectionery and the wider world; the challenges they faced; and how far gender equality has come.

What can groups expect during a visit?

The new exhibition is made up of historical artefacts and real life testimonies from women who worked in the industry. Showcased within the exhibition are artefacts dating back to the 18th century, as well as popular confectionery items such as Quality Street and Black Magic tins.

In addition, the displays will include rarer items, like the Pink Yorkie and Terry's Nutcracker memorabilia.

Testimonies from women in the industry include Mary Tuke, who created a successful cocoa business, and Mary Ann Craven, made famous for her humbugs and French almonds.

Ben Rosenfield, exhibition co-ordinator, commented: “It has been an honour to put this exhibition together. Not only has it been fascinating to learn about these magnificent women, but it's been an eye-opening experience and a real learning curve. We are proud to display their words as part of the exhibition. These are the unique parts of this city's history that have implications for the wider world.”

Groups at York’s Chocolate Story  

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is a guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations.

Pre-booked groups of 15 or more can enjoy discounted admission rates, help from a dedicated groups’ reservations team, free familiarisation visits for the group organiser, and group retail offers.

To enquire further, GTOs should call 01904-261262 or visit www.yorkschocolatestory.com.