Marie Michael Library
The Meaning of Rochdale: the Rochdale pioneers and the co-operative principles
Rochdale, England is known for the co-operative established by labourers there in 1844, called the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. That co-op was adopted as the inspiration and model for a movement that now includes 700 million world-wide. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, this paper examines what Rochdale means and why it is so important.
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CSC)
Cooperative Societies, History, England