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Celebrating 150 Years

11 October 2013

Opening of The People's Business

Katy Archer at the opening of The People's Business 10 10 13Herbert Daybell at the opening of The People's Business 10 10 13

Yesterday evening the museum was delighted to welcome nearly 500 people to the private view/opening of our new changing exhibition The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative.

Speeches were by museum Director Katy Archer who welcomed everyone to the museum and then Herbert Daybell, Chair of the Values & Principles Committee at The Co-operative Group spoke about the exhibition and the real sense of achievement the group felt in celebrating 150 years. Katy then declared the exhibition officially open.

Musical entertainment was provided by The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West and The Co-operettes who both helped to create a fantastic atmosphere throughout the evening.

During the event there were opportunities for people to participate in lots of different activities around the building and to see the various exhibition and gallery spaces in addition to the new exhibition.  Guests could see The Drift exhibition in the Community Gallery, explore Main Galleries One and Two (including our Co-op shop in Main Gallery Two), chat to our friendly staff and find out more about our venue hire facilities and learning offer, visit the Mini Theatre on Floor One for object handling and the opportunity to talk to colleagues about current projects including Play Your Part and our Archive, visit the Textile Conservation Studio to chat to our Conservators about their work and visit the shop to purchase co-op related merchandise including postcards, mugs, badgesPlaying the obstinate donkey at the opening of The People's Business 10 10 13, coasters and magnets that use the very striking co-op packaging that feature in the exhibition.

Guests enjoyed prosecco, fairtrade wine and other drinks as well as a range of canapés kindly provided by The Co-operative and served by Couture who run The Left Bank cafe bar.

Find out more about The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative which is on show at the museum until Sunday 11 May 2014.

The exhibition is in partnership with The Co-operative.

The Co-operative

The Co-operative FunCrowds at opening of The People's Business 10 10 13eralcare Band North West
The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West has a three year sponsorship agreement with The Co-operative Funeralcare and in 2012 also entered into a Community Partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.  The band has a long and proud association with the Co-operative movement.  Prior to becoming a Funeralcare Band in May 2011, the band was sponsored for over 50 years by the Co-operative in Cheshire, and was previously known as the Co-operative Band Crewe.  Musical Director, Jef Sparkes, took over the baton from his father in 1999.

The Co-operettes
Formed in August 2010, The Co-operettes is an all-female workplace choir at the head office of The Co-operative Group in Manchester, bringing together women from varied departments across all levels of the organisation. Singing their way from Balloon Street basement (where they practice for just 40 minutes once a week) to Manchester Central (GMEX), with community fundraisers, Christmas parties and choral competitions en route, The Co-operettes have now become well known amongst colleagues for singing favourites with passion and polish.