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.

As of January 26th 2019 Rochdale Pioneers Museum is temporarily without heating. We are hoping to resolve this and have made our spaces as comfortable as possible for visitors until full repairs can take place.



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