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Using Chocolate to get York Reading

posted Aug 17, 2011, 5:27 AM by Sophie Jewett
Little Pretty Things are once again delighted to be involved with this year's Big City Read events, an initiative run by York Libraries to encourage more of the city to engage with the library and enjoy reading. 

York's Big City Read is an annual event where everyone comes together to read the same book and then share in events celebrating the chosen novel. This year the novel is Andrew Martin's 'The Lost Luggage Porter', an exciting detective drama starring Jim Stringer set in a dangerous Yorkshire underworld, set in Edwardian York. 

The Edwardian era in York was a time of innovation, with 2 big industries dominating the city, the Railways and the Confectionery Industry. Shipments of cocoa, sugar, orange and lemon peel would make their way into York via the river, while chocolate and confectionery products would be distributed around the world via the Railways. The era brought many into York to find work, with the women being employed in the Chocolate factories, reductions in duties meant that chocolate was becoming more affordable to the masses whilst innovations in steam and industry enabled products to be created more cheaply, the demand for the city's confections grew!

Join us to discover the glory of sweet making in the Edwardian era, many of the ingredients and production methods are still employed today, you can join us to learn how to make your own medicinal cure-alls and indulgent chocolate drops. Little Pretty Things have 2 workshops taking place for adults and children to join in the fun. Wednesday 24th August we will be at York Explore with our adult workshop, Saturday 3rd September we will be at York Explore taking part in their Edwardian fete, the full program of events is available here.