Liz McIvor - Co-operative Heritage Trust Manager

Liz manages the Co-operative Heritage Trust which runs the National Co-operative Archive and Rochdale Pioneers museum. She joined the team in May 2017, having come from the public sector as a historian of Social and Technological History. Her interests include walking and waterways as well as all forms of public transport. She is a true crime enthusiast and attempts to be musical.

Gillian Lonergan - Librarian

Gillian moved to the Co-operative Heritage Trust in 2008, having always worked in co-operative organisations, mainly with history. She studied librarianship at Manchester Polytechnic, archive administration at Aberystwyth University and indexing and proofreading at work. She is a Wigan Rugby League season ticket holder and spends the rest of her time knitting or attempting to keep the allotment under control.

Sophie Stewart - Archivist

Sophie has worked at the College since 2007 and looks after the National Co-operative Archive, providing access to a wide variety of historical materials for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the movement.  Originally from Liverpool, she travels back frequently to visit family and friends and the rest of her time is spent renovating her new house.

Clare Hirst - Assistant Museum Manager

Clare joined in 2012, just in time for the newly renovated museum opening! She currently works as Assistant Museum Manager: Lifelong Learning and has seen the museum grow from strength to strength. Coming from an educational background, Clare utilises her skills to share the knowledge of the Co-operative movement with visitors near and far. She grew up in Rochdale and is a keen advocate for promoting and supporting the town’s profile. Her other interests are running, lifting weights (no joke), travelling, baking and drinking copious amounts of tea!

Cat Jessop - Community Engagement Officer

Cat started work at the Museum in March 2017, having previously spent over ten years facilitating community art projects and schools workshops at Touchstones Museum.  She knows Rochdale like the back of her hand - helpful when she’s out in the community making museums sound ‘cool’.  Cat is a keen cyclist and runner which will become apparent within thirty seconds of meeting her - she talks about little else.

Philippa Lewis - Project Archivist

Philippa recently joined the college as project archivist for the HLF funded project ‘Working Together: recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement.’ She has just completed her Masters in Archive and Records Management at the University of Liverpool, and prior to this worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Dorset County Council. Having only recently moved to Manchester she is enjoying exploring the city.