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Co-operative exhibition resources

Co-operative exhibition resources

Lesson plans and resource packs for your group

Advertisement for Co-operative Cocoa, made at a joint CWS and SCWS factory in Luton, 1902, National Co-operative Archive © The Co-operative Group

The museum displayed the changing exhibition The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative, in partnership with The Co-operative, from Saturday 12 October 2013 to Sunday 11 May 2014.

Learning groups can continue to book any of our co-operative themed Learning sessions, for their school or community group.

To accompany the exhibition we created a range of Learning resources that can be used to support your visit.

The People’s Business exhibition resources

The Learning Team worked with Emily Capstick from Peoplescape Theatre to create a selection of self-led resources to be used by primary and secondary school groups and community groups when they visited The People’s Business exhibition.

These co-operative themed resources can continue to be downloaded and used by Learning Groups to enhance their visit to the museum.

Please note group leaders will need to make some changes to the resources as the exhibition is no longer on display.

Please get in contact with the Learning Team if you would like any further information.

A Colossus of Commerce online Learning resource

A Colossus of Commerce charts the history of the Co-operative Wholesale Society from its uncertain start in 1863, through to being one of Britain’s biggest businesses in the early 20th century, right up to its modern day incarnation as The Co-operative Group.

Meet some of the leading figures who shaped the Society and browse through fascinating documents, photographs and films from the National Co-operative Archive.

Please follow this link to view the online Learning resource A Colossus of Commerce.  The arcHive has a collection of interactive, online resources telling stories from the National Co-operative Archive.  The arcHive project has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution

Green Schools Revolution is the flagship sustainability education programme from The Co-operative.  It’s free for UK primary and secondary teachers to register for access to engaging resources to bring sustainability to life in school.  Whether your topic is energy, healthy living, water, fair trade, co-operation or many more, you’ll find activities, interactive games, and competitions at

The People’s History Museum is one of nine venues nationwide hosting school trips from Green Schools Revolution schools who will win a fully-funded day with us to learn more about the history and relevance of co-operation.

Why not use some of the Green Schools Revolution resources before or after a trip to engage your class with co-operation and even to help them set their own up?  Have a look at Teachers’ Notes: All about co-operatives for more information about co-operatives.

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