If you were to name one English town which, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, led the way in terms of manufacturing co-operation (what we would now refer to as workers’ co-ops) it would probably be the Northamptonshire town of Kettering. The traditional boot and shoe production areas which included Northamptonshire as a whole as well as Leicester were the heartlands of productive co-operation.
Rather late in the day I’ve been told that the Kettering local museum The Manor House has a small temporary exhibition on the town’s links to co-operation. Late in the day, because the exhibition has been running since October and closes on Saturday. Still, who knows, you may have the chance to get to Kettering in the next 48 hours. Details here.