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Co-operative Museums

Consumer co-operatives exist since the mid of the XIX century, when 28 working men in England gave birth to a new society, called the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in 1844. The society began with the application of co-operative principles to business organization: voluntary and open membership, democratic control, autonomy and independence, member economic participation. The Equitable Pioneers' main aim was to provide local ordinary working people with affordable, good quality food in a time of great deprivation and austerity.

Thanks to the rapid development of consumer co-operatives in the last two centuries, today we have the opportunity to visit real museums dedicated to the history of the co-operative movement and its involvement in national and local communities. In Europe, in fact, several cooperative museums in different countries exist, each one preserving the local co-operative movement's heritage.

 
The Co-operative Heritage, UK
 

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale - OL12 0NU

[email protected]

 www.co-operativeheritage.coop

 

The Hamburger Genossenschafts-Museum, Germany

 

60 Besenbinderhof - 20097 Hamburg

[email protected]

 www.genossenschafts-museum.hamburg

 

The National Cooperative Museum, Bulgaria

 

 

99, G. S. Rakovski Str. - 1000 Sofia

[email protected]

 www.cks.bg

 

The National Cooperative Museum, the Netherlands

 

84 Langehaven - 3111CH Schiedam

[email protected]

 www.cooperatie-museum.nl

 

The Cooperative Museum, Norway

 

 

41 Dr. Høsts vei - 1346 Gjettum

 www.coop.no

 

 

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