Legally, every co-operative society had to have its own seal. Placing a seal on a document would make it legally binding and for this reason they were kept very carefully. Two key holders needed to be present to unlock the seal as one key would not work alone. Seals had to be used in the presence of a general manager and president or chair of the board. As well as the seals in this cabinet there are also some available to try out on the ground floor of the Museum. Seals would often depict recognisable symbols associated with co-operation such as the wheat sheaf or a beehive.
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