Stories from the Archive – Garibaldi Flower

The National Co-operative Archive, located in central Manchester, is full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Follow archivist Sophie as she unveils the stories behind some of the most unusual items and collections preserved at the Archive.

The first of the stories focuses on the George Jacob Holyoake collection and one item found during repackaging: a dried flower Holyoake collected from the garden of the house where Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi was living at the time. Both men were mutual admirers of each other and exchanged letters over the years. Holyoake even set up a fund in case Garibaldi, leader of the Italian unification, had to seek refuge in Britain.

The National Co-operative Archive is open Monday to Friday and can be visited by appointment. Find more about the Archive here

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