Co-op Living History

CASE is delighted to present our
Co-operative Living History Exhibition
celebrating the co-operative movement in Leicestershire

9th - 24th July 2021 (Tuesdays to Saturdays)

Soft Touch Arts
50 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TF

With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, CASE has been collecting stories, photos, and objects from people who have worked in, or lived with, co-operatives of all types in Leicestershire.
Co-operatives have a rich and storied history; this project will celebrate that by telling the stories of their 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.

The project includes documentation from organisations such as Equity Shoes and the Ratae Co-operative Players, showcasing the impact co-operatives have had on both our industries and cultural life.
Overall, the exhibition will feature over 1000 stories, 2000 photos, 150 photos, video interviews, documentation of key co-operative locations and more.

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.

To take part or chat about the project, please contact
Chris Boote at or on 07412 061 963.


Coalville CAN 'Connecting Coalville' Event 26th September 2020 article featuring Co-op Living History