Why I became a trustee

New trustee Heather Roberts explains how the National Co-operative Archive inspired her to become a trustee for the Co-operative Heritage Trust. Read more

Diary of a CWS Penguin brand umbrella

A creative writing piece exploring the Manchester Blitz of December 1940 through the eyes of a CWS Penguin umbrella. Read more

Our Museum Buddy story with Ancient House Museum

Kate Woodward talks us through our Museum Buddy project with Ancient House Museum, Norfolk, and what we have learnt. Read more

From the tongue of a Goliath boot

A creative writing piece by Trust Manager Liz McIvor. A poem from the perspective of a pair of CWS Goliath brand boots in our collection. Read more

The British Co-op and the World 1: New York, New York!

Co-operative historian Tony Webster describes the success of the Co-operative Wholesale Society in New York in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read more

The Story of the Co-operative Women's Guild

Kate Woodward looks at the fascinating history of the Co-operative Women's Guild and the impact they made from 1883-2016. Read more

Memorials for a movement

CHT blog post written in response to the June 2020 discussions around public memorials and controversial presentations of history. Read more

Lift up your banners - working class ritual objects

A CHT blog post looking at items from our collection which relate to collectivised protest. Read more

The co-op dividend - what is it?

CHT blog post explaining the dividend and how it works today. Read more

The British Co-op and the World 3: The CWS ‘Down Under’ Part One – Australia

Co-operative historian Tony Webster explores the development of co-operation in Australia in the 20th Century, and the involvement of the Co-operative Wholesale Society. Read more

Archiving at arms length

Discover how the Co-operative Heritage Trust remotely recruited archival volunteers and embarked on a programme of digitisation during the Covid-19 crisis. Try your hand at some transcription yourself. Read more

Co-operative transport throughout the years

Clare from our Collections department tells us about the development of transport within the co-operative movement over the past 175 years. Read more