1901 – 1950

Key events in The Co-operative's history between 1901 and 1950

1844 to 19001951 to 2000 | 2001 to present


Co-operative Party established, as a Department of the Co-operative Union, leading to direct Parliamentary and local government representation under an electoral agreement with the Labour Party.

1919 The Co-operative College


Co-operative College established, first based in Manchester and relocated to Stanford Hall, Loughborough in 1945, which it vacated in 2001.


First self-service shop opened by the London Co-operative Society. By 1950, 90% of all the self-service stores in the UK were operated by co-operatives.


National Co-operative Chemists (NCC) established, becoming the first national chain of co-operatively-owned retail outlets.

Poster for CWS bath cubes

1945 poster for CWS bath cubes

1844 to 1900 | 1951 to 2000 | 2001 to present

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