About Us

On 21 December 1844, 28 working people known as the Rochdale Pioneers opened a co-operative shop. They sold pure food at fair prices and using honest weights and measures. They encouraged local people to become members, to take part in controlling the business and to share in the profits.  Now you can step back in time to see the site of the original store and find out what life was like in Victorian Rochdale.


The exhibitions include a range of co-operative artifacts from delivery bikes to banners. There is a changing programme of exhibitions exploring a range of co-operative themes.


As well as individual visits we also welcome group tours from around the world, as well as local history groups and coach tours. For a small charge our knowledgeable guides can provide groups with an inspiring 30 minute introduction.