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Rochdale Pioneers Museum

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An exterior view of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum showing the new access tower on the left and the original co-op store on the right.

© Co-operative Heritage Trust

    • On 21 December 1844 the Rochdale Pioneers opened their store selling pure food at fair prices and honest weights and measures. The business revolution that started here now involves a billion co-operators as members of 1.4 million co-operative societies across the world. Rochdale is known as the birthplace of the modern co-operative and the museum is housed in the Pioneers' original store at 31 Toad Lane. Visitors can walk into the original store, laid out as it would have been on the opening night in 1844. There are displays about the Pioneers and the global co-operative movement.
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