Rochdale Pioneers Museum
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.
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
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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Subversive Peacemakers by Clive Barrett
- 17 May 2016 6:30-8pm
Following the International Conscientious Objectors’ Day 15 May and connecting with our exhibition dedicated to the conscientious objectors Percy Redfern and George Dutch – two individuals who also had strong ties with the co-operative movement within this period – Dr. Clive Barrett will be delivering a talk about “Subversive Peacemakers.” From until now lost and undervalued stories from individuals and their dramatic events. Dr Clive Barrett, an Anglican priest, working with West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council demonstrates that the Church of England provided an unlikely setting for much of this war resistance. The Church generally saw the war as justified, and many clergy encouraged the men in their congregations to join the army. There was, however, already a strong strand of anti-war sentiment, opposed to the dominant theology of the Establishment. This was partly based on traditional Christian pacifism, but included other religious, social and political influences. Campaigners and conscientious objectors voiced a growing concern about the huge human cost of a conflict seemingly endlessly bogged down in the mud of the Flanders poppy fields. Subversive Peacemakers recounts the stories of a strong and increasingly organised opposition to war, from peace groups to poets, from preachers to politicians, from women to working men, all of whom struggled to secure peace in a militarised and fragmenting society.
The image is taken from Dr. Clive Barrett’s book “Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective” and is an oil painting titled “The Conchie” by Arthur W Gay, from the collection of The Peace Museum Bradford; it shows a conscientious objector under military escort.
Dr Clive Barrett comes highly recommend from Cyril Pearce, another leading historian in conscientious objectors history. Clive has also edited volumes on ecumenism (“Unity in Process”, 2012) and international peace heritage (“Museums for Peace: Transforming Cultures”, 2012). A past Chair of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, he is Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.
Tickets can be booked by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01706 524920. Alternatively, tickets are on Eventbrite by using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conscientious-objectors-talk-by-clive-barrett-tickets-20985670706?aff=es2
- Any age
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
31 Toad Lane