The Pioneers Museum at Toad Lane in Rochdale have come up with a terrible word (‘coopography’) but really quite a good idea. They’re inviting people to contribute photos of coop buildings (past or present, though I suspect the old ones will be the most interesting) for an exhibition they’re putting on later in the year. Photos need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Twitter or Instagram (#coopography). The museum’s manager Jenny Mabbott told me this week that the deadline for photo submission is fast approaching: Sep 20th.
I’m minded to contribute myself – perhaps a few snaps of Co-operative Terrace, the little row of houses put up by a village coop society a few miles from here in the late nineteenth century, at a time when housing was increasingly on the agenda in the cooperative movement.
More details here.