MORE than a decade after the Terry's factory closed, chocolate boxes from the York firm's archives are to go on display at the Terry's family's former home.

'Designs of Distinction' at Goddards in Tadcaster Road will chart the confectioner's history from its origins in 1767 to the present day, showcase some of its most famous and unusual products and tell some of the stories of the people behind the packaging.

Visitors can create their own perfect chocolate box to take home and boxes will lead visitors around the National Trust property with a trail of facts to the main displays upstairs, which focus on the 1920s and 1930s, when the business was in its heyday and some of the most famous products were created, such as the Chocolate Orange and All Gold chocolates.

Noel Terry, who lived at Goddards, was managing director during this era, when Terry’s took great pride in their packaging, and boxes' included Thistle padded boxes and velour caskets.

Clare Fletcher, head of site at Goddards, said a personal favourite of his was the Terry’s chocolate animals box. "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!”

A film from the Yorkshire Film Archive of the 1937 visit of the King and Queen will be on show, along with objects and photographs, telling the story of the men and women who presented caskets of chocolates to the couple during their visit.

The exhibition opens at Goddards House and Garden on Wednesday. For details call 01904 771930 or visit