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26 September 2013

A CWS jam advert c1930s National Co-operative Archive copyright The Co-operative Group

The museum is hosting a variety of events related to the exhibition The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative.  More events will be added once they have been confirmed, so check back here.

Saturday 12 October
The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative Opening Day

Join us on the opening day of The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative. Visit the exhibition, connect with The Co-operative story and take part in some of the museum’s day long, family friendly games and activities.
No booking required, drop in
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
10.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 25 October
The People’s Business changing exhibition tour
Come along on a fascinating tour of our new changing exhibition The People’s Business and find out all about the history of The Co-operative.
No booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Thursday 31 October
The Co-operative: tackling global poverty for a fairer world
Hannah Newcomb, International Development Manager talks about The Co-operative’s commitment to tackling poverty since its founders, the Rochdale Pioneers came together to take a stand against exploitation. Today, The Co-operative is doing more than ever to help tackle global poverty.
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
Booking required
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 3 November
Food adulteration and The Co-operative
Join Gillian Lonergan from the National Co-operative Archive to hear about the history of food adulteration and the development of the laboratory work in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Part of Manchester Science Festival.
Booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Monday 4 November
Snapshot on The Co-operative
Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 80,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections. In this lunchtime drop-in session, browse through photographs on the theme of The Co-operative and uncover history through the lens.  Our friends at the National Co-operative Archive will bring along some of their photograph collection.
Booking advised
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Saturday 14 December – Sunday 5 January 2014
Christmas Co-op craft table           
Get creative over the holidays.  Get inspired by our exhibition The People’s Business and make a festive Co-op creation to take away.  Why not tweet a photo of your creation with the hashtag #PHMCo-opcraft to us at @PHMMcr.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages
No booking required, drop in activity
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
10.00am – 5.00pm    

Saturday 25 January
Conference: 150 Years of The People’s Business
Tying in with our changing exhibition The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative, this conference explores a range of themes related to the 150 year history of the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS), which became The Co-operative Group in 2001.  We will be joined by experts from the Co-operative Heritage Trust, the University of Central Lancashire and Northumbria University to explore the operations and activities of one of the UK’s best known and largest co-operative businesses, from its inception in 1863 through to today.         
Suitable for adults
Booking required via Eventbrite – http://peoplesbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk
£25 / £20 concessions
10.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 7 February
The People’s Business changing exhibition tour
Come along on a fascinating tour of our new changing exhibition The People’s Business and find out all about the history of The Co-operative.
Suitable for adults
No booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday 19 February
Sweet Surprises
This Half Term create your own delicious drawing of the cakes and biscuits advertised in our exhibition The People’s Business.  Be inspired by the beautiful hand drawn advertisements and posters of Co-op products to create your own still life drawing of cakes and biscuits.  You can even add your still life cake or biscuit to our Co-op cake stand to be photographed.  Why not tweet a photo of your finished drawing with the hashtag #PHMSweetSurprises to us at @PHMMcr.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages
No booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Saturday 22 February
Purchasing Power: women and the co-operative movement since the 19th century
Founded in 1883, the Women’s Co-operative Guild rapidly became the largest working class women’s organisation in Britain, mobilising thousands of female consumers for economic, social and political change.  Join Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, resarcher at the Co-operative College for this fascinating talk introducing some of the co-operative ‘wonder women’ who made their voices heard in the decades before women gained the right to vote.  Rachael is a historian, whose research and publications focus on the co-operative movement and its role in British society since the mid-19th century.
Suitable for adults
Booking advised
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Saturday 29 March
Woman’s Outlook: a surprisingly modern magazine?
Join Natalie Bradbury, writer, researcher and Information Co-ordinator at the Co-operative College, for this fascinating talk.  Between 1919 and 1967 the women of the co-operative movement had their own magazine, Woman’s Outlook.  Providing an enticing mix of the personal and the political, Woman’s Outlook was surprisingly similar to women’s magazines today, and its concerns such as women’s representation in parliament, equal pay and healthy eating remain ever-relevant.  Part of Manchester Histories Festival
Suitable for adults
Booking advised
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.00pm – 2.00pm