Museum Artefacts

Cricket Bat

The inscription on this cricket bat reads: ‘WISDEN AUTOGRAPH II. Presented by the Co-operative News’. John Wisden Limited was a well-known supplier of sports goods and was also the publisher of The Cricketer’s Almanack. … Read more

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St Cuthbert’s Bus Model

This model is an apprentice piece made by St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Association, based in Edinburgh. St Cuthbert’s was established in 1859 and is now the Scottish Midlan Co-operative Society. St Cuthbert’s had been the workshop of … Read more

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Minute Book

This is the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society’s minute book from August 11th 1844 – April 27th 1848. The book was started just four months before the opening of the Pioneer’s Toad Lane shop. Page … Read more

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Mugs

These mugs depict two different images of Toad Lane and show the extent of the expansion that took place between 1844 and 1867. From the opening of their shop in 1844, the Pioneers’ business … Read more

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Model of Toad Lane

This is a small-scale model of 31 Toad Lane. Toad Lane is well known by co-operators all around the world. As a testament to this, there is a replica of the Toad Lane museum … Read more

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Women’s Guild Plate

The Women’s Guild was established in order to improve the lives of women. Although the co-operative society had always been open to women, many people made it difficult for them to be involved. The … Read more

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Clogs

All working people wore clogs. They were very heavy and noisy. When the Pioneers began to lease the whole of 31 Toad Lane, they opened a library and reading room on the first floor … Read more

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John Bright Dish

This dish bears the face of John Bright. Bright was an MP and mill owner in Rochdale and a leading figure in the Anti-Corn Law League, which was founded in Manchester in 1838. The … Read more

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Candles

These candles are a reminder of the opening night of the Rochdale Pioneers’ shop in 1844. The shop began trading at 8pm on December 21st and for the opening, the Pioneers had purchased a … Read more

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