150 Years of the People’s Business – our forthcoming conference

Manchester 1913 low resOur changing exhibition The People’s Business – 150 Years of The Co-operative is in full swing at the moment.

To complement it, we are putting on a conference here at the museum on 25 January 2014 – a Saturday. Called 150 Years of the People’s Business, everyone is welcome, and we have put together an excellent bunch of speakers talking on a wide range of co-operative-themed subjects.

For example, from the Co-operative Archive we have Dr Rachael Vorberg-Rugh talking about women and the co-operative business model; and Gillian Lonergan will talk about the CWS 1941 promotional film Behind the Counter (and we’ll show the film too).

David Stewart and Angela Whitecross from UCLan will look at the Co-operative Party from 1917 to 1997.

We have talks on co-operative buildings and architectural heritage, by Stephen McCusker from the Loop Systems Architects Co-operative, and our former director Nick Mansfield, now a research fellow at UCLan.

There are also talks on the business networks of the CWS, by Prof Tony Webster of the University of Northumbria. John Wilson from the Newcastle University Business School will then suggest some lessons to learn from the Co-Operative Model. And Russell Gill from the Co-operative Group will talk about how it (the Group) can use its heritage to shape its future.

The day will also include a guided tour of our exhibition.

The full programme of the day is here. We’re starting the day a bit later (10.30am) because we’re told an earlier start time is not suitable for people travelling from afar. There’s so much to cram in, though, and we finish at the museum’s closing time – 5pm.

We’re trying to keep the cost of the day down, and will charge £25 for the full rate and £20 for concessions. These need to be bought in advance online (http://peoplesbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk).

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at the start of the day. The best place for lunch – not included in the fee – is the Left Bank Café based within the museum.

We hope the themes and speakers will appeal. And of course, there are the wonderful – and free – permanent galleries to browse through. A busy day! Hope to see you here.

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