Saturday, April 14, 2012
Made an appointed visit to the Working Class Movement Library at 51 The Crescent in Salford. Have this journey well organised now. Tram from Chorlton to Deansgate, cross the bridge to the rail station, then catch a train just one stop to Salford Crescent. Coming back took train to Manchester Victoria, cross over to the tram to Chorlton. Not bad for a £3.20 rail zone one ticket.
The stuff I wanted to look at was waiting on the table. They have a lot more than they mention in the online catalogue. Browsed away for a couple of hours, snapping away with the camera instead of making copious notes.
Best bit was a centenary issue of the Herald magazine of the M&SE Co-Op published in 1959. Though I've concentrated on the Manchester & Salford because it is more interesting and further back in time the fact is the Hardy Lane store has been operated for longer under successor societies. Norwest Co-Op took over in 1970 when the M&SE merged with the Pennine society and the Stockport society. Further mergers brought the Norwest Pioneers, United Norwest, then United and finally The Co-Operative.