Goddards House and Garden, 27 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GG
From Weds Jul 15, 2015; house opened Wed-Sun
Adult: £5, child £2.50
This marvellous array of chocolate boxes shows how much care went into the design of Terry’s packaging.
The pictures show some of the exhibits in an exhibition which began on Wednesday, July 15 at Goddards, once the home of Terry’s managing director Noel Terry.
Ten years on from the closure of the Terry’s York factory, Designs Of Distinction charts the company’s chocolate history from its origins in 1767 to the present day.
It showcases some of Terry’s most famous products – as well as also some of its most unusual.
Noel Terry was in charge during the 1920s and 1930s when the Terry’s business was in its heyday and some of the most famous Terry products were created such as the chocolate orange and All Gold chocolates.
He was very proud of the company’s packaging. The company’s 1930 product catalogue opens with the words:
Designs Of Distinction also tells some of the stories of the people behind the packaging.
The packers were essential before automated machinery took over, and some of the factory’s finest worked for over 50 years at Terry’s.
Terry’s chocolates were enjoyed by all, but were expensive, niche and fine quality chocolates.
The company supplied chocolates to the Queen and during the packing process an official would come to oversee the packing and the doors would be locked to make sure the chocolates would not be contaminated.
Part of the display encourages you to be inspired by the Terry’s designs and create your own perfect chocolate box to take home and use.
And on selected days there will be bite-sized chocolate talks to give a deeper insight into the confectionery firm through the ages.
Clare Fletcher, head of site at Goddards said:
It’s fascinating to see the difference in detail to today’s packaging and a good chance to spot one of your old favourites and reminisce about which Terry’s chocolates you enjoyed the most.