Preserving the past for the future

I wrote back in 2014 and again more recently here of the moves being made to identify and properly preserve key records from the workers’ co-operative movement of the later twentieth century. I need to declare an interest as one of the small advisory group that has been working with the Co-operative Heritage Trust on the project Working Together: recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement.

The project has already received support from co-operatives and individuals in the movement. I’m pleased to say that the project plan and budget was yesterday submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund, who we hope will also endorse and help fund the initiative.  I’ll let you know how we get on.

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International Co-operatives Day 2016

It’s the UN’s International Co-operatives Day tomorrow, so let me get my greetings in in good time.

Here, in the town where I live, we will be celebrating tomorrow both the past and present of co-operation. We will be laying some flowers on the graves of two eminent nineteenth century co-operative leaders, both of whom are buried locally. Then we shall be foregathering in the meeting room of a local housing co-op, where the growing number of local co-ops will be sharing news of what they’re up to.  And finally we’ll adjourn for a drink – in our local co-operatively run pub. How’s that for a tempting timetable of events?