On the photo above: Belvoir Road, Coalville
Leicester will host a Co-operative Living History exhibition this month celebrating the movement in Leicestershire.
It will be held at Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk, Leicester, July 9-24, Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-4pm.
With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, LCCDA Management Co-operative Ltd, or CASE, has collected stories, photos and artifacts from people who have worked or lived with co-ops across the county.
Co-operatives have a rich and storied history, and this project will celebrate it by telling the stories of their members and communities.
Since its founding, the cooperative movement has flourished, spanning the globe and encompassing all economic sectors. From credit unions to shoemakers, cooperatives draw their strength from the same principles.
The project includes documents from organizations such as Equity Shoes and Ratae Co-operative Players, which show the impact that co-operatives have had on industries and cultural life.
The exhibition will present more than 1,000 stories, 3,000 photos, 150 objects, video interviews, documentation on cooperative places, and more.
Cooperatives are based on self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.
These principles are maintained in the tradition of their founders. Members of cooperatives believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
CASE said now is the time to think about how we can collaborate, support each other and structure our businesses.
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