Co-operative Heritage Community Outreach Officer

The ‘ROCHDALE’ project (Renewing Our Co-operative Heritage, Developing the Archive and Learning Experiences) has recently secured £57,683 funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and £44,464 from the John Paul Getty Charitable Trust towards the cost of a Community Outreach Officer. The funding is over three years and the role will enable the Co-operative Heritage Trust to develop and implement a community engagement strategy to facilitate better access to and usage of the resources of the National Co-operative Archive and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

The Community Outreach Officer will work with local community members to identify
their interests, needs and issues, and to plan and deliver a wide range of community activities and events in response to those diverse needs.

The ROCHDALE project has also received £15,000 in funding from the Pilsworth Environmental Company towards museum exhibitions.

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i am trying to find out about my grandmother who worked for a family at 29a church street,preston,lancs in 1927, the buissnes is down as Vic co-op and run by MR A CLAYTON, if any one has any info about that family please would you get in touch as this is my last hope of finding my grandmother thank you D WESTWELL

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The relief portrait on the medal is that of John Shillito who was the President of the Co-operative Wholesale Society from 1895 to 1915. The medallion was one of the items distributed in the 50th Anniversary year (1913) to each delegate at the CWS shareholders' meetings (there would be over 3,000 attending them) and to each of the 21,000 employees of the CWS. There was additional distribution to officials in the retail co-operative societies, so that the total number distributed in 1913 would be around 25,000. The medal is gold colour on a base metal. At the same time a large casket was issued which featured on it leading figures in the co-operative movement and illustrations of CWS premises. In the casket were samples of a range of CWS products.

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