About The Co-operative Heritage Trust

The Co-operative Heritage Trust is a registered charity (charity number 1121610) founded in 2007 by the Co-operative Group, Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College to safeguard the movement’s unique and irreplaceable heritage.

The Trust’s mission is:

“To inspire people within and beyond the co-operative movement about the origins, development and contemporary relevance of co-operation by collecting, safeguarding and making accessible artefacts and documentation through lifelong learning and research.”

The Co-operative Heritage Trust is custodian of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, the building where the Pioneers commenced trading on 21 December 1844 and the National Co-operative Archive, which holds 200 years of co-operative records. The Co-operative College manages the Museum and Archive on behalf of the Trust.

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