The Modern Face of Co-operatives in Wales

Modern face of co-operatives

Wales Co-op Centre

This exhibition features work from contemporary Welsh photographers created from 2015-2021. Presented by the Wales Co-operative Centre to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, it brings together the work of artists whose images feature co-operative businesses building a stronger, fairer, more co-operative Wales.

14th May, 2021 marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen in Newtown, Powys. A Welsh textile manufacturer, philanthropist and social reformer, Owen was one founder of socialism and the co-operative movement. Throughout his life, he championed workers’ rights, led the development of co-operatives and the trade union movement, and supported the passage of child labour laws, free education and early-years child-care.

Owen’s legacy is alive today, carried on by the 474 independent co-op businesses which currently exist in Wales and the countless community groups which operate in accordance with values such as self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.

At a time when there is considerable interest in ‘building back better’ and taking a more co-operative approach to community regeneration and economic development, the photographs reflect a vibrant and dynamic movement which is already present in Wales. The works presented here challenge the perception that co-operation and co-operatives are a historical idea which died out in the mid-twentieth century. In a post-Covid environment, it is imperative that we understand the modern relevance of the co-operative movement, and these works provide an opportunity for that conversation.

The launch date for this photographic exhibition (online) will be Tuesday, 11th May.

Please check back closer to that time, to see further updates and more press releases regarding this initiative in Wales to promote modern co-operatives.

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The museum is a registered charity and needs your donations to continue to work.

All of the Trustees and Officers are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to ensure the smooth running of the museum.

If you wish to make a donation, we will be very appreciative. If you are a UK taxpayer, we can recover an additional 25p for every £1 you donate, through the HMRC gift aid scheme. Please contact us, if you wish us to send you a gift aid form.

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Many people from the Newtown area, and farther afield, have helped to keep the museum alive since it first opened in 1929, having been established as an organisation the previous year..

We are looking forward to celebrating Robert Owen’s 250th birthday in 2021.

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New book for sale

Robert Owen and the architect Joseph Hansom : An unlikely form of co-operation

New book by Penelope Harris
New book by Penelope Harris. Available for sale in the online shop.

We have added a second product for sale in our online shop today.

‘Robert Owen and the architect Joseph Hansom – An unlikely form of co-operation’

Llyfr newydd gan Penelope Harris
– a new book by Penelope Harris.  

Price £14.95 incl. P&P (Free postage – UK only – please see cart for International postage rates)

Colin Laker (Curator of the Robert Owen Museum), recently read this book. He has written a review of this book, which you can read here.

Click here to buy a copy of the new book.

Calendar 2021 Front Cover
New commemorative 250th Calendar. Available for sale in the online shop.

We still have remaining copies of our first product in the online shop for sale.

Robert Owen 250th birthday calendars are now on sale for a reduced price of £2.25+p&p down from RRP of £3.50+p&p.

Rex Shayler, Chairman of the Robert Owen Museum, will be despatching the remaining 2021 Robert Owen 250th Birthday Commemorative Calendars in 2021, but there are only a few left, so place your order here today in our online shop

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Calendars on sale

Rex signing calendars - for sale in shop.
Rex signing calendars - for sale in shop.

The remaining calendars are now on sale for a reduced price of £2.25+p&p down from RRP of £3.50+p&p. Rex Shayler, Chairman of the Robert Owen Museum, will be despatching the remaining 2021 Robert Owen 250th Birthday Commemorative Calendars in 2021, but there are only a few left, so place your order today on www.robertowenmuseum.co.uk/shop

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BBC Programme

Wales and the History of The World

A BBC programme called “Wales and the History of the World” aired again on BBC 1 Wales on Sunday 13th December, where the presenter, Eddie Butler, visited the museum and introduced Robert Owen as “the man who helped enlighten the “dark satanic mills around the world”. It was originally aired in March 2010.

Eddie Butler looked at the symbols and ideas we’ve chosen to represent us for the past 6,000 years, give or take a decade – everything from the red dragon to the red flag and from ancient burial mounds (via the bible) to the iPod. And it’s not just one way traffic into Wales. Eddie comes face to face with the man who helped enlighten the “dark satanic mills” around the world. He learns about a community in India that still sings Welsh hymns – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is their anthem, and they prefer lamb with mint sauce to a curry.

You can see the TV programme again on BBC’s IPlayer app online or using your TV and go to IPlayer and search for “Wales and the history of the world” or “History of Wales” and look for Episode 1: Ideas and it is 12 mins 28 secs into the half an hour programme when he visits the museum.

BBC programme
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qgnk/wales-and-the-history-of-the-world-series-1-4-ideas

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

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