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Pioneers Christmas ON THEIR ANIVERSARY

By Steve Cooke


This December our wonderful Pioneers Museum is returning to hosting live events and welcomes local people to a special Tuesday late opening on the date the Pioneers first started their venture.


The Pioneers opened the doors on 21st December 1844 to sell basic goods at a fair price to hungry neighbours and friends. What they started is now a global movement for fairness and opportunity.


Tuesday 21 December


14:00 - 17:30 Local craft makers will be hosted in the building with no booking or entrance fee required. Pop down to have a look at some lovely and unique gifts, perfect if you still have some Christmas shopping to do!


14:00 - 15:00 Perfect for local families in the Christmas holidays. A live handling storytelling of 'Zola the Rat saves Christmas' with some of her animal friends. Charged at £3 per child and pre booking is required as places are limited – https://www.co-operativeheritage.coop/Event/177th-anniversary-and-christmas-celebration


15:15 A live performance from a Rochdale brass band quartet, who will be playing a variety of festive music.



16:00 - 16:15 Candle lighting (streamed live) to celebrate 177 years of modern cooperation. The event will join other countries in real and recorded time to create a band of light.














Wearing of masks and use of hand sanitiser is encouraged for adults – extra cleaning regimes will be in place.


31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU

Phone: 01706 524920

Twitter - @CoopHeritage

FB – rochdalepioneersmuseum

Insta - coopheritage


The Co-operative Heritage Trust is an independent charity (1179727) dedicated to preserving the heritage assets of the UK movement. It’s collections include the original premises of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society on Toad Lane, as well as material culture and archive collections which help tell the story of the working class experience and British Business.


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