The day of the milkman is long gone. Doorstep deliveries of fresh pints of milk in glass bottles are virtually a thing of the past, but for a few hardy souls who strive to keep the work of the milkman alive.
For many of us though, it is a sad fact, brought about by increased availability of milk in the supermarkets, and changes to our lifestyle, that the need for the milkman delivering to our door is no more. So how do we preserve the cherished memory of our friendly milkman? The answer lies at the East Riding Archives & Local Studies Service in Beverley, where records from a local dairy have just been made available to the public.
The archives of Thompsons Dairies of Beverley document the activities of the dairy from the 1940s to the early 1990s and include photographs of old milk floats, and a daily log of deliveries made to schools in the East Riding.
Sam Bartle, collections officer, said: “As generations come and go, these archives will act as a reminder of the days of the milkman, and teach us about what was once a way of life for millions.”
Sales records reveal exactly what was sold by the business on a weekly basis, including non-dairy produce like fruit juice and bread.
Thompsons Dairies was first established in 1882 as a small-scale operation in the yard of 97 Keldgate, Beverley. It later grew to become the chief supplier of milk and other dairy products in the Beverley area and was a strong competitor to Dale Farm. A major East Riding business; it ceased trading in 1992, but its memory will live on in the archives.
The archives can be requested to view in the Research Room of the Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley.
For more details call (01482) 392790.