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The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers

Anne McElvoy explores how Victorian labourers came together to find local solutions to their dire working conditions.

Anne McElvoy explores how the values and principles of mutualism, based around a commitment to greater equality, and a push for working people to have more control over their lives became a central thrust of a socialist belief system. Her journey begins in Rochdale, where a small band of workers gave birth to the co-operative movement.

Professor Tony Webster of Northumbria University
Gillian Lonergan of the Cooperative Heritage Trust
Professor Jon Lawrence of the University of Exeter

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare.

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15 minutes