About The Heritage Trust

The unique collections held by the Co-operative Heritage Trust engage and encourage different groups, faiths, cultures and nationalities from across the globe to be inspired by the breadth and achievements of co-operation.

The Trust aims:

  • To develop the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and National Co-operative Archive collections as lifelong learning resources.
  • To act as custodian of materials and artefacts and ensure that they are preserved and made available for present and future users.
  • To establish a network of information and resources on the history of the movement.
  • To make the collections widely accessible.

The Trust operates at the highest standards, achieving Accredited Museum status for the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and Designated Collections status for the National Co-operative Archive, recognising the value of co-operation to the nation’s heritage and its global significance.


The Trust has a board of six Trustees appointed by the founding organisations, The Co-operative Group, Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College.

The Trust can be contacted by email at [email protected]