Located in central Manchester, the National Co-operative Archive is home to a wide array of records relating to the history of the worldwide co-operative movement. The collections (rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, films, photographs and oral histories) are an unrivalled resource for the development of the co-operative movement from the initial ideas of the eighteenth century to today. The archive’s small staff works with a variety of users, ranging from interested community members and students to scholars from across the UK and around the globe.

Volunteers work closely with staff, gaining hands-on experience in archive methods and practices. Wherever possible, projects are tailored to the volunteer’s particular area of interest. Managed by the Co-operative College, an organisation dedicated to adult and lifelong learning programmes, the National Co-operative Archive is an ideal environment for volunteering.

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