On Christmas Eve 1944, 200 handcrafted toys were delivered to York Mansion House to be delivered to the sick and needy children in the City of York hospitals and institutions.
This was the result of a chance flash of inspiration by a French Air Force Lieutenant, Sous Lieutenant Lemarchand, serving in the Mechanics Section with the French Squadron’s based at Elvington, who had seen the L.N.E.R (London & North Eastern Railway) charity Christmas tree whilst passing through York Station. He decided it would be a fine gesture of goodwill to make some toys for the sick children and was sure his fellow mechanics would agree.
Take a break from your busy Christmas preparations and enjoy a visit to the Museum away from the busy shopping crowds.
Be sure to check this page as Autumn draws near to find out more about how we will be celebrating Christmas 2019 here at the Museum.