Rochdale Pioneers Museum

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.
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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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Opening hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: 10 am - 5 pm
Wed: 10 am - 5 pm
Thu: 10 am - 5 pm
Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Sun: Closed

Admission charges


Collection details

Fine Art, Personalities, Archives, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
From Shop Floor to Front Line

From Shop Floor to Front Line

  • 31 May 2015 — 31 May 2016 *on now

On the Outbreak of WWI in 1914, there were over 1500 co-operative societies in Great Britain, with 150 thousand employees and 3.1 million members. From Shop Floor to Front Line is an exhibition exploring the impact the war had on co-operative members and employees. Come and discover the stories of those who signed up to fight and those who refused to take up arms for reasons of conscience. Find out how the co-operative movement contributed to the war effort and see how women’s roles in co-operative stores changed.

This exhibition is suitable for all ages, with a variety of interactive activities including dressing up clothes and the opportunity to record a message for a soldier.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Rochdale Pioneers Museum
31 Toad Lane
OL12 0NU




01706 524920

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