Rochdale Pioneers Museum, UK

30 July 2014

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum exists to preserve the original store of the Pioneers and to generate an understanding of the ideals and principles of the cooperative movement. Known as the birthplace of the modern cooperative movement, it is housed in the original store where, on 21 December 1844, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society opened their shop selling quality food products at fair prices and in honest weights and measures. Rochdale is located in a post-industrial area in the UK having previously had high numbers of people employed in the textile industry. The museum displays and the guided tours tell visitors all about the Rochdale principles, on which modern cooperative principles are founded. The museum is run by the Cooperative Heritage Trust, a charity established in 2007 to safeguard the cooperative movement’s heritage, which also runs the National Cooperative Archive in Manchester.

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The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is a site of Cooproute, the European Route of Cooperative Culture. Find more information here


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