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 Conference Centre, various co-operative development

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


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 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