CWS in Sierra Leone

A CHT blog post about the Co-operative Wholesale Society's deputation to Sierra Leone in 1913. 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

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

The co-op dividend - what is it?

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

Virtual visits for schools

A new offer of virtual school visits 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help us change! Take the survey

Follow the link to our survey - it will help us design how we do things differently. Read more

Crisis Collection: Calling all Co-ops!

The Co-operative Heritage Trust is seeking to record the unique coronavirus situation and its impact upon co-operatives for posterity in its collection. Read more

Digital Quiz Night

Free digital quiz night at the Pioneers Museum Read more

CANCELLED - Halloween Pumpkin Crafts

CANCELLED- OUTDOOR Pumpkin carving and soup making at the museum for Halloween. Read more

Co-op History Talks

We offer talks on the history of the co-operative movement here at Holyoake House. Read more

Accessibility Information

Information about our accessibility at Rochdale Pioneers Museum. Read more

Plan your visit UPDATED for October 2020

Open for booked groups and schools by arrangement. Closed : Bank holidays, 25 – 26 December and 1 January 2021. Read more

For schools - Updated for Autumn 2020

We have a programme of activities for school groups at all key stages as well as for SEN pupils. Read more