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Colouring competition FOR OUR CREATIVE KIDS at Rochdale Pioneers Museum

By Steve Cooke

Calling all creative kids! The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is after your designs to feature in the museum when it reopens in Summer 2021.

The first-floor exhibition space is undergoing refurbishment – and your sign could win pride of place inside the Co-operative Heritage Trust-run museum. The museum is located inside the building where the world's very first co-operative was formed by a group of Rochdale weavers - the Rochdale Pioneers - to address social injustice.

Cat Jessop, Education and Learning Officer at Rochdale Pioneers, said: “We are refurbishing our first -floor exhibition space and want kids in Rochdale to get involved”.

“We'd love children to take part in our design and colouring competition, creating some

of the signs for our new look first floor.”

The signs must feature the recognisable beehive Co-operative Heritage Trust logo, and then each sign needs to say one of the following: Activity table, Pencils, Pens, Scissors, Glue or Craft

You could even work together with a friend to create your designs in true co-operative spirit. You can create anywhere between one and six different labels.

Prizes are available including a museum activity pack, books, games – and more.

Designs must be submitted by Monday 3 May ahead of the winning announcement on 5 May.

You can email your designs to Cat ( or send in the post to Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL16 0NU.

The beehive logo can be viewed on the Heritage Trust web site:

The history of the Rochdale Pioneers is what all co-operatives have in common. They created the values and principles which underpin the modern movement. To safeguard the history and heritage of the movement, the Co-operative Heritage Trust was formed in 2007, bringing the museum and archive together. The Trust was formed by three major co-operative founders to be an independent charity to safeguard the heritage of the movement for the future.

31 Toad Lane was first opened as a museum in 1931, and was cared for by the Co-operative Union, which is now known as Co-operatives UK (the apex body for co-operative organisations).

The archival and library collections were held by the Co-operative College, which was created in 1919 to provide training and education for British co-operators and still exists to provide support and development in the UK and overseas.

The Co-operative Group was created from mergers with the Co-operative Wholesale Society or CWS which was first formed in 1863.

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