Lecture Programme

Programme of lectures for the Rochdale Pioneers Museum


To be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm. Free.


Lectures will last for around forty minutes, with a question and answer session afterwards


Thursday 20 September – Robert Owen: Simon Sheppard Project Archivist, Robert Owen Correspondence Collection


In this session Simon Sheppard will look at the life and work of Robert Owen, the renowned socialist and philanthropist. Themes include Owen’s early life and development of his ideas for social reform, the introduction of those ideas at New Lanark Mills and the failure of his ‘village of co-operation’ at New Harmony, Indiana and subsequent return to Britain and find growing interest for his ideas amongst the working classes.


The remainder of the session will focus on the work recently carried out cataloguing and preserving the collection of 3,000 letters written to Owen which are held at the National Co-operative Archive, Manchester.  The range of correspondents, nature of the content of the letters and details regarding the provenance of the collection will be considered.