The National Co-operative Archive holds records relating to the history of the co-operative movement that date from the early 1800s to the present day. This includes business records of co-operative societies, correspondence collections and photographs. We work closely with the Rochdale Pioneers Museum to promote the collections through educational activities. We aim to reach as many people as possible through our online learning resources. We welcome a range of visitors from students and academics to local and family historians. We assist researchers who visit the Archive as well as answering enquiries.
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture
The Archive's catalogues are available on line so that anyone may have access to them. Archive materials are preserved to ensure their future use. The collections demonstrate the development of the co-operative movement and its educational activities.
Availability for visits
not on a regular basis or upon request
Car (good road connection)
Airport in the proximity
Kitchen where visitors can eat and make hot drinks
Facilities for Disabled people
ramps for wheelchairs
Other entity (i.e. association, foundation, etc.)