250th birthday

Regarded as Father of the Cooperative Movement and Trade Unions, he was one of the greatest social reformers of his time and of international significance. His work is of great importance and he was a philanthropist of the poor and vulnerable. 2021 will be a big year with celebrations planned to mark his 250th birthday. […]

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249th birthday

Robert Owen was born on 14th May in 1771, at No.2 Broad Street, Newtown, in Powys Mid Wales. Regarded as Father of the Cooperative Movement and Trade Unions, he was one of the greatest social reformers of his time and of international significance. His work is of great importance and he was a philanthropist of […]

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Bedroom Browser for tourists

New Bedroom Browser is packed with information for tourists to Mid Wales. Robert Owen Museum is included so that all tourists staying in the local area can see details about the museum and plan their visit. This is a great way to advertise this museum and, hopefully, increase the number of visitors to the museum […]

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Robert Owen and the Co-op

Robert Owen is known around the world and the Robert Owen Museum is dedicated to making known the continuing impact of his ideas today. The Co-operative Society been committed, through the years, to maintaining the memory of Owen in Newtown, giving grants to keep the museum going. Over time, these grants have reduced in size, […]

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Early life of Robert Owen

From ‘The Life of Robert Owen’, written by himself’ (1857) Recollections of my Early Life [1771 – 1786] 1 As it appears in the family great Bible, I was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire, North Wales, on the 14th of May 1771. My father was Robert Owen. He was born in Welshpool, and was brought up […]

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About Robert Owen

Robert Owen was born in 1771. At 10, he was sent to London to be apprenticed as a draper and by his early twenties he was a successful manager in the mills of Manchester. The working conditions there appalled him. He believed character was formed by experience and that the dreadful environment of child workers […]

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