Archive box on tea

Archive box posterA new, interactive box has been designed in time for the Explore Your Archives campaign (Saturday 16-Friday 22 November), offering users a photographic tour of the history of tea in the co-operative movement.

The box was conceived of by staff from the National Co-operative Archive in Manchester to support The National Archive’s campaign Explore Your Archives, which hopes to raise awareness of the importance of archives. The National Co-operative Archive’s new resource aims to introduce the role that the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has had in international tea trade, show people a basic version of the journey that tea goes through from plantation to pot, and to showcase some of the new material which has been found during the archive’s Co-operative Group Relocation Project .

The boxes are designed so that they can be reproduced quickly and easily for events, for use by The Co-operative Group in their headquarters in Angel Square, and run off for College/Archive events. The boxes will be on hand for an upcoming Handover Day at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, where young adults are invited to give feedback on what they like and would like to see at the museum. It will also be available at a tea party at the Museum on Thursday 21 November to celebrate the CWS exhibition From Jumbo Farm to Jam Factory.

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