From factory floor…

… to front line

The outbreak of First World War in 1914 saw hundreds of thousands of young men leave our shores to meet their untimely demise on bloody battlefields across Europe, or to return injured and scarred for life by their appalling experiences.

Employees from the UK’s flourishing co-operative movement were amongst the first to sign up to fight for king and country. Many of their stories found their way into the co-operative press, bringing the horrors of the front line to the attention of those remaining behind.

From Factory Floor to Front Line explores the impact of the outbreak of the War on the movement through documents from the National Co‑operative Archive.