The Wallsend Owenites (FORUM 2)

Author: NIGEL TODD

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Publication date: June 1, 2013

NIGEL TODD

The nineteenth-century British Co-operative Movement included a commitment to education. Although only a minority of consumer co-operative societies offered educational facilities for their members, there was a willingness to experiment among those Co-operators whose grasp of Co-operation extended ideologically beyond remaining content with operating shops. This pioneering strand found its most advanced expression at Wallsend, on Tyneside, where Co-operators founded the Movement’s only Co-operative elementary school.

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