Co-operative Heritage Trust

The Co-operative Heritage Trust is a registered charity founded by the Co‑operative Group, Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College to safeguard the movement’s unique and irreplaceable heritage.

The Trust’s mission is:

To inspire people within and beyond the co-operative movement about the origins, development and contemporary relevance of co-operation by collecting, safeguarding and making accessible artefacts and documentation through lifelong learning and research.

The Co-operative Heritage Trust is custodian of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, the original building where the modern co‑operative movement began in 1844, and the National Co-operative Archive, which holds 200 years of co-operative records. The Co-operative College manages the Museum and Archive on behalf of the Trust.

The work of the Co-operative Heritage Trust is funded through support from individuals and organisations with an interest in the heritage of the co-operative movement.

If you would like to become one of our valued supporters, you can make a donation at the Archive or Museum or through the Just Giving website. Make a donation via

For more information on the Trust, please see the website at