Pioneers 170 celebration

Pioneers 170This year is the 170th anniversary of the Rochdale Pioneers setting up shop to provide good quality groceries at fair prices and measures to the people of the town.

To celebrate, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, which is based in the original building where the Pioneers opened their store for the first time on 21 December 1844, eventually inspiring a world-wide movement, is offering a day of free, drop-in activities for all ages and interests on Saturday 1 November, 11am-3m. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the Pioneers’ original store, or try their hand at transcribing a page of the Pioneers’ historic minute book.  There will also be activities for children to tie in with the National Big Draw Festival, including making a Pioneer mask, dressing as a Pioneer and creating a Pioneer Christmas decoration to go on the Rochdale Pioneers Museum’s tree at St Chad’s Christmas Tree Festival tree.

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