Jobs and volunteering -

Job opportunities and information about volunteering with us. Read more

Schools Sam Ashworth loan box

Borrow our activity loan box for your school or community group - free of charge if you can collect and return to Rochdale Pioneers Museum Read more

Rochdale Pioneers Virtual Visit

Download our virtual visit to watch from wherever you are and make a direct contribution to our charity. Read more

Museum Opening Times

The museum is open to the general public Wednesdays to Saturdays* 10:30am-4pm in 2024. We can take bookings for paying groups and schools on Mondays and Tuesdays in addition to normal public open days. *Every other Saturday, please check the website or our social media pages before visiting. 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


The Co-operative Heritage Trust is an independent charity registered 1179727 It is run by a board of trustees for the continuance of the trust's mission to share the heritage of the co-operative movement in the UK for the benefit of society. Read more

Robert Owen Collection

The Robert Owen correspondence collection is recognised by UNESCO as internationally significant. Read more

Special Collections Subject Guides and Articles

A series of subject guides and links to articles Read more

Search the Archive

Search our collections online via the Archives Hub. Contact us by email or telephone for assistance and to make an appointment. Read more

Our history

The Co-operative Heritage Trust was formed in 2007 to bring the Museum and Archive service together for the benefit of heritage audiences. Read more

Hire our space

You can hire our space in the museum for your event, meeting, training or enterprise. Read more

Who we are

We are an independent charitable trust which manages the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and National Co-operative Archive in Manchester. Read more

What do you want to see?

We want to develop our story telling by finding out what our visitors want to see from our collections and which parts of our story matter most to them. Read more

Learning Programme 2024

We have a blended programme of activities for school groups at all key stages as well as for SEN pupils. These can take place at our museum, online or at your school / educational setting. Read more

Case studies

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We need your help

Support the Co-operative Heritage Trust by considering a corporate donation or by leaving us a gift in your will. There are many ways you can help. Read more

Most requested collections

These collections are most frequently enquired about or requested by our users. Read more

Group visits

We welcome booked group visits to the museum where you can receive an entertaining and informative talk on the history of the co-operative movement. Alternatively, if you cannot visit in person, you can book a digital tour with us. Read more


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