Workers’ Co-operative Oral Histories

Capturing the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement, 1970s-1990s.

Co-ops Fair, Beechwood, 1981. Photograph by Martin Stott.

These interviews were captured as part of the Working Together Project.

Interviews include an MP3 recording, a summary, and full transcript. Further interviews are to be added shortly.

The Working Together project is a repository for the accounts of those who have chosen to share their experiences. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the National Co-operative Archive, or the Co-operative Heritage Trust. All interviews have been collected and made public with the permission of those interviewed.

Interviews preview:  full interviews available below


Interview with Jim Brown: interview accessible on request at the National Co-operative Archive

Beechwood College (Leeds), various co-operative development

Jim Brown: Summary of interview (Transcript available on request at the National Co-operative Archive)


Interview with Debbie Clarke

Unicorn Grocery (Chorlton, Manchester)

Debbie Clarke: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Sam Eardley

Unicorn Grocery (Chorlton, Manchester)

Sam Eardley: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Chris Green: 

Trylon (Northampton) , Trojan Press Ltd (London), Raven Co-op Ltd (Manchester), Mills & Moors Tours (Hebden Bridge), Co-operative Development Worker, Calderdale Council Economic Development Department, Community Business Development Officer, Kirklees Council

Chris Green: Summary and transcript of interview 


Interview with Sue Gwilliam

Croydon Co-operative Development Agency; Co-operative Advisory Group (CAG); Community Accountancy Services (CAS); Greenwich Mural Workshop.

Sue Gwilliam: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Edmund Potter

Delta-T Devices

Edmund Potter: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Roger Sawtell

Trylon, Daily Bread Northampton, Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM), Industrial Common Ownership Finance (ICOF), National Co-operative Development Agency

Roger Sawtell: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Martin Spence:

Days of Hope Bookshop (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Martin Spence: Summary and transcript of interview


 Interview with Clare Sudbery:

Basta Pasta, Billie’s Restaurant (Manchester)

Clare Sudbery: Summary and transcript of interview 


Interview with Anni Townend

Down to Earth (Sheffield)

Anni Townend: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Richard Waring

Down to Earth (Sheffield)

Richard Waring: Summary and transcript of interview 


Interview with Jane Watts

York Community Bookshop, ICOM/ICOM Women’s Link-up, Lynx Training (Nottingham)

Jane Watts: Summary and transcript of interview


Interview with Britta Werner: interview accessible on request at the National Co-operative Archive

Unicorn Grocery (Chorlton, Manchester)

Britta Werner: Summary of interview (Transcript available on request at the National Co-operative Archive)