Search for Manchester workers

Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry is looking for former Co-op employees from the city to help build up an oral history project.

The Connecting with People’s Histories study aims to collect stories relating to Manchester’s past industries — specifically those who worked at a Co-operative Wholesale Society factory in the area. Some of the work places included the Crumpsall Biscuit factory and the tea factory on Orsdall Lane in Salford.

The museum holds a variety of objects relating to Co-ops including a 1915 CWS bicycle, Mimosa toilet soap from the 1930s, snap playing cards from the 1940s and a large variety of weighing scales. It also has a tobacco spinning machine used in the CWS tobacco factory off Rochdale Road until the 1990s.

Sallyann Browning, Oral History Project Officer, said: “The stories we collect will help us understand the industries that have and that still do make Manchester great and it’s very important to document these stories before they are lost forever. We are particularly interested in the story of the Co-op and it’s really important to us to make sure we have the experiences of people’s working lives recorded and stored for future generations, as it’s such a hugely important company.”

Any stories collected will be added to the museum’s website at: To contribute to the project contact Ms Browning or Anna Rhodes on 0161 606 0211, or email: [email protected] or [email protected].

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