The Rochdale Pioneers
The Rochdale Pioneers tells the story of a group of textile mill workers who opened the first co-operative shop in Toad Lane, Rochdale, in December 1844. Tired of dishonest local shops selling poor quality goods for high prices, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society pooled their resources and started their own shop.
Everyone in the society had an equal vote and a share. At a time when only around 1 in 7 men in the UK had the right to vote and it would be another 74 years until women achieved suffrage, such equality was practically unheard of. The revolutionary ideas and efforts of these twenty eight working class men and women laid down the foundations of the principles on which co-ops around the world operate to this day.
This free screening, as part of Heritage Open Days, will be introduced by Co-op CEO Steve Murrells.