Exhibition: The Tuke family archive

Posted on 3 May 2011

This exhibition highlights the richness of the Tuke family archive, cared for by the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.

The archive contains information not just about the family themselves but also their tea, coffee and cocoa business in York, and much valuable information about the family's social and religious concerns.

The Tukes were involved with the foundation of the pioneering Retreat hospital (the archives of which are also held at the Borthwick), and with Quaker schools in Yorkshire.

They participated in various charitable activities and were active in national movements such as the anti-slavery campaign, prison reform and Irish famine relief.

The archive has been re-catalogued and digitally imaged and in due course will be made available through the York Digital Library.

Location: Borthwick Exhibition space (into Library, turn right, take stairs / lift to top floor) during the opening hours of the University Library and Archives.