A Shopfront of the Gloucseter
Co-operative Society on Bath Road, Cheltenham in 1888. A Midcounties retail store still stands there today, over 100 years later.
Depicted are the Executive Officers of the Cainscross and Ebley Co-operative Society in 1894. The last 20 years of the 19th Century saw the creation of a considerable amount of new Co-operative Society’s.
Gloucester Co-operative and Industrial Society growing with the technological advancements of the time by owning their own Steam Wagon.
One of the first shops belonging to the Dumbleton Co-operative Society which formed in 1911. This shop was based in Winchcombe.
The Co-operative Movement has always been focused on bringing the best service to its members and its customers, which can be seen here by a Mobile Grocery Truck.
Co-operatives have always been an attractive employer, emphasised here as colleagues of the Chipping Norton
Co-operative Society, created in 1896, are seen to be enjoying a staff dinner in 1939.
A sketch of the Market Square Co-operative Store located at Cleator Moor, Cumbria. The sketch, drawn by LS Lowry, was bought by the Co-op group at auction to further the preservation of our history.
Students from Thailand, who were part of the Co-operative College, can be seen here visiting, working with and learning from Swindon Co-operative College in 1957 demonstrating evidence of the global co-operative movement.
Scene from a store opening belonging to the Lydney Co-operative Society, which traded for over 60 years before merging with the Gloucester Co-operative Society.
Members of the Co-operative Women’s Guild in Swindon, who had significant impact in the Co-operative Movement, are seen here in a Tableau that is conveying Co-operative ideals.
Employees and their family, of the newly formed West Midlands Society circa 1980, taking part in the 1984 Walsall fun run with their specially made Co-op t-shirts.
The Mitcheldean Handy Store was just one of many ‘Handy’ Stores to represent the Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester society which was the consequence of the Oxford and Swindon, Gloucester and Sevenside merger in 1991.
Children from the local St. Matthew’s School help at the opening of a new Midcounties store in Cainscross. Today’s Midcounties co-operative society formed in 2005 from the merger of the West Midlands Society and the Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Society.