Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Rochdale Pioneers Museum
31 Toad Lane
OL12 0NU




01706 524920

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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.
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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

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phototgraph of girl making teddy bears in ww1

From Factory Floor to Front Line

  • 12 September 2014 10am-3pm

Learn about the experiences of co-operative employees during the First World War with material from the National Co-operative Archive. There will also be a chance to see a demonstration of the newly available online learning resource and ask question about the archives.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome. Drop in, no need to book. For more information contact 01706 524920 or