Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Co-operative Movement, - , Interviewee, ,
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Summary of interview item: Co-operative Movement. Compilation of interview extracts recalling the origins and development of the co-operative movement in Leicester and the Women's Guild. Describes the beginnings of the Co-operative movement from meetings in Brook Street, Leicester and explains the principles of co-operation. The retail outlets and shops of the Co-op are described along with the system of dividend payment. The effect of changes in retail development and transfer from dividend to stamp on the Co-op is described. A comparison to the Co-operative Society in Newcastle upon Tyne is made. The forming of the Women's Guild is described, together with the Guild's aims and objectives, the issues they discussed, where their meetings were held, and their summer schools at Stanford Hall. Detail of working for the Co-op, in the funeral department is described along with detail of the Board of Management, the Co-op's relationship towards Trade Unions, structure of the Co-op organization and Co-op children's groups. The relationship between the Co-op movement and the Labour Party is described, and an instance of political espionage. The decline in the number of societies within the Co-op movement since 1934 is described along with the decline in the movement itself. Contributors to this compilation are: M. Hayes, H. Edwards, F. Butler, H. Wilford, J. Williams, G. Strickson, A, Lynn, P. Rawlinson, L. Abbey, R. Lowe.
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Location: County: Leicestershire,
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1988
Playing time: 51 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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