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Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

The museum is where the ‘Pioneers’, 28 working people, opened a co-operative store on the 21st December, 1844. It commemorates the birth of the Co-operative movement through period displays.


  • Part disabled access


Co-operative Heritage Trust


31 Toad Lane Rochdale Lancashire OL12 0NU

  • 01706 524 920
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Open days

Wed-Sat 1030-1600.


By Rail: Rochdale / 1.5 miles

The front of the museum has become an iconic symbol of not only Rochdale, but of the co-operative movement as a whole. It is an image that appears in many different countries, on a variety of memorabilia and is depicted in a number of historical books. It represents the humble beginnings of the co-operative movement.

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