Pioneers Museum lecture programme
A series of free monthly talks kicks off in Toad Lane on 20 September, giving insights into different aspects of the co-operative movement, from Robert Owen to the CWS, architecture to Christmas, politics to periodicals.
The lectures, which take place on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm, will start with a talk on renowned socialist and philanthropist Robert Owen by Simon Sheppard, Project Archivist on the Robert Owen Correspondence Collection, which is held in the National Co-operative Archive.
The series then continues with a talk on co-operative central premises by Stephen McCusker from the co-operative architecture practice Loop Systems. McCusker has a particular familiarity with the Museum; Loop Systems has overseen the building’s recent refurbishment.
In November, researcher Rachael Vorberg-Rugh will give an overview of the CWS (Co-operative Wholesale Society), forerunner of The Co-operative Group, while December’s talk, by Gillian Lonergan from the Co-operative College, takes the seasonal theme of ‘A Co-operative Christmas’.
Lectures will resume in the New Year, with Angela Whitecross sharing her research into the experiences of the Co-operative Party in World War II.
In February, Blue Badge Guide Margaret Clay will detail her local knowledge of Bury & District Co-operative Society.
The series concludes on 21 March, when Natalie Bradbury explores the twentieth century co-operative women’s magazine Woman’s Outlook.
All lectures will last around forty minutes, and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Advance bookings ONLY (spaces limited to 30). Group bookings welcome.
Contact: Jennifer Broadbent
Telephone: 07855 265402
For more information on each lecture, please see information below or visit www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop.
Published On: September 10, 2012
Written By: Natalie