Aizlewood’s Mill

Sheffield and Socialism

Principle 5 Pamphlet No: 1

Sheffield and Socialism was first published in 1916 as part of Edward Carpenter’s autobiography My Days and Dreams.

Carpenter was active within the Sheffield Socialist Society, a propagandist and campaigning group. In this memoir, he writes about the group’s activities, such as opening a socialist café, and of the now forgotten individuals who tried to win people to socialism on the streets of Sheffield at the end of the 19th Century.

The ILP (Independent Labour Publications) review of Sheffield and Socialism can be read HERE

See also article by

Harry Barnes (Former Labour M.P. North East Derbyshire 1987-2005)

which can be read HERE

Price £2

To order your copy

contact: steve@sheffield.coop

Sheffield Co-operator

Sheffield Co-operator September 2018

173 & 174 Sheffield Co-operator


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Co-operative News Index

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Co-operative news was indexed for around 50 years from it’s first edition in 1871. It had not been indexed since the First World War. The current indexing is proceeding steadily.

Progress So Far

The editions held in the Principle 5 Resource Centre between 18th March 1997 and 19th February 2005 have been indexed.

Co-operative News became a monthly magazine from February 2017. Since that date, articles can be searched and read on the Co-op News website: https://www.thenews.coop/uk/

Co-operative News has been digitalised from February 2017 and can be accessed in this form at:


NOTE: the most recent editions are not available on the yumpu site.

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Co-operative identity, values & principles

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.


Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.


The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

Principle 1: Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Principle 2: Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.

Principle 3: Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

Principle 4: Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

Principle 5: Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Principle 6: Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Principle 7: Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

More information about the values and principles can be found at: www.ica.coop


The Principle 5 Collection

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• Protect and safeguard the books, publications, archival materials and resources placed in trust for the use of the co-operative movement and for future generations.

• Make these available to all members who would wish to use them.

• Support the development of co-operative education and culture.

• Work co-operatively with other organisations and individuals who have compatible aims.

• Seek support from the wider co-operative movement.

• Be as true as possible to the ICA Statement of Co-operative identity (Values and Principles).


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