About The Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Dear visitors, we will be OPEN today, Saturday 3rd March 2018 as usual – thank you for your patience!

The site of the museum at 31 Toad Lane was where the ‘Pioneers’, 28 working people opened a co-operative store on the 21st December, 1844.

The shop sold fairly priced, good quality food during very hard times.

This was social enterprise in action; a chance for local people to become equal members in a revolution that spread all over the world.


HIRE: You can now hire our learning loft or our full building for your event, click the ‘visit us’ tab and room hire for more information.

Ralph Ratty is our new friend at Rochdale Pioneer’s Museum. He is new to the world of co-operation, and is willing to learn! He is going to be helping us out with lots of exciting projects and events over the next few months. Look out for him on our social media pages for more…


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