Co-op Living History

CASE is delighted to announce the Living Histories Project, a celebration of the co-operative movement.

With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund CASE is collecting oral histories from people who have worked in, or lived with, co-operatives of all types in Leicestershire.  Co-operatives have a rich and storied history and this project will celebrate that by documenting the memories of its members and communities.  Since its founding, the co-operative movement has flourished, extending across the globe and encompassing all sectors of economy.  From credit unions to shoe-makers, co-operatives draw their strength from the same principles.

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.  These principles are held in the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.  In a time of great societal change, this is a moment to reflect on how we can collaborate, support each other and structure our businesses.  By recording co-operative histories, we can learn how we can move forwards.

The project will culminate with the launch of a website, exhibition and walking trails, archiving all of the gathered information.  We are keen to hear from anyone who has photographs, objects, stories of any size, from a cooperative. We will support you to ensure that these memories are recorded and shared, for the benefit of us all.

To take part or chat about the project, please contact Chris Boote at c.boote@case.coop or on 07412 061 963.