Co-operative History Network

rochdale-pioneers-museumThe UKSCS History Network aims to keep in touch all those with an interest in Co-operative history.  This includes academics and researchers, private individuals and organisations.    The Network aims  to give members an opportunity to meet 2 or 3 times a year and share information and hear about current developments in the field.  In 2016 so far there have been meetings at the Pioneers Museum in Rochdale and at Co-operative Congress in WakefieldThe Network issues occasional  short digests of activities, research and projects provided by members. 

The Network reflects a revival of interest in the history of Co-operation with a number of publications by Network members including  Andrew Bibby’s “All Our Own Work the Co-operative Pioneers of  Hebden Bridge and their Mill” and “William Hazell’s Gleaming Vision.  A  Co-operative Life in South Wales 1890 to 1964” in 2015.  Chris Richardson has revised his book “A City of Light: Socialism, Chartism and Co-operation - Nottingham 1844 and Nigel Todd has re published his “Roses and Revolutionists the story of the Clousden Hill Free Communist and Co-operative Colony 1894 to 1902”  This latter Nigel gave a fascinating account of at the 2016 UKSCS Annual Conference at Northumbria University.
Several Network members are involved in the Workers Co-ops Archive Project.  They are concerned that all the relevant materials documenting the many workers co-operatives set up between the 1970’s and 1980’s will be lost and are appealing for help in finding them so they can be properly recorded and preserved.  The advisory team of Andrew Bibby, Stephen Yeo, John Goodman, Gillian Lonergan and  Bob Cannell want to digitise resources to go on line and interview key figures. They hope to develop learning resources and produce panels for display in the Pioneers Museum, Rochdale.

If you can provide more information about Workers Co-ops please contact any member of the advisory team.  Alternatively, or if you would  like to know more about the Network contact Bernard Parry at -


Visit the National Co-operative Archive, located in Central Manchester. The Archive is home to a wide array of records relating to the history of the worldwide co-operative movement. The collections include rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, films, photographs and oral histories, and provide researchers with an unrivalled resource for the development of the co-operative movement, from the initial ideas of the eighteenth century to the present day.




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Rochdale Pioneers Museum - birthplace of the modern co-operative movement. Visit in person and/or take the virtual tour