Join us for an afternoon of co-operative history with guest speakers Peter sagar and Professor Tony webster.
Co-operatives in the Northeast
Peter sager has a keen interst and researched co-operatives in the Northeast of England.
''Rochdale is rightly seen by many as the birthplace of the modern Cooperative Movement, with the great work undertaken by the Rochdale Pioneers, beginning in 1844. What is perhaps less well known is the importance of the Cooperative Movement to the development of the crucially important industrial region of Northeast England, during the second half of the 19th century.
The story of co-operatives in Northeast England, which had the highest proportion of Co-operative members per head of population of any region in Britain in the 19th century, is both highly inspirational and very instructive. The way that the development of co-operatives interweaved with the establishment of a complex network of associational life in Northeast England, can still show us the potential of co-operative methods of solving problems and taking society forward in a genuinely progressive way.
Come and hear how Northeast England became a great centre for cooperation in the 19th century and how the movement was part of a wider radical movement for change in the region, as it played its part in the national narrative of progress and the establishment of a more civilised society.''
Peter Sagar www.alivingtradition.org
The People's Global Colossus
Professor Tony Webster is a trustee of the Co-operative College and has written publications around the history and development of the CWS.
“While the role of the wholesale societies in supplying co-op societies has been well documented, relatively little has been said about the global role of the wholesales. This lecture will show how they became major international traders, operating in all five continents and playing a major role in the supply of food and other commodities for the British people. It will explore how the wholesales became global operators, and exercised considerable leverage over the policy of the British state in its relations with the Empire and the wider world”