The responsibility not to forget the past

I blogged earlier today a story about a key figure, Joseph Greenwood, from the ‘first’ workers’ cooperative movement in Britain, at a time when these enterprises were known as productive cooperatives.

I need to bring you more up to date. A number of us with a background in (late 20th century) workers’ coops have been concerned for some time that key records from the upsurge of interest in Britain in workers’ cooperatives since the 1970s are in danger of being lost. We feel that the workers’ cooperative movement was (and remains) an important part of the wider cooperative movement and that it is vital for future researchers that primary documentation survives.

We have been working in recent months on detailed proposals for the project, for which we hope funding will be available.  We think we have strong bid, and a strong chance of success. There’s details about the Workers’ Cooperatives Archives Project up on the dedicated website workerscoopsarchive.wordpress.com. I hope you support this initiative.

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