About The Rochdale Pioneers Museum


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.

We will be closed to the public and booking groups until Friday 19th July due to on site construction. We are planning to reopen on Friday 19th July at 10.30am. Please keep checking the website for updates.

This is for health and safety reasons, due to improvement works taking place in our building. We will be open as usual on Saturday the 13th of July.

Our apologies for any inconvenience; we hope to bring you a new and improved experience in our Learning Loft as soon as possible.

Our thanks go to AIM (Association of Independent Museums) for their support for our works through the HALLMARKS sustainable improvement grant which is making this project possible.



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