Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre
Purposes and Aims
• 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.
• Provide a focus for co-operative education and culture through talks, discussions, film screenings, social events, visits to other co-operative venues, study groups etc.
• 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).
An accessible co-operative learning and information resource for all
Co-operative information resource
Talks, study groups, visits and film screenings
Engagement with other co-operatives and libraries
Co-operative News both current and back issues
always available for readers
Principle 5 Rules (Articles)
Sheffield Co-operative Party published ‘The Sheffield Co-operator’ a monthly newspaper from May 1922 until July 1939.
During the 1920s and 30s The Sheffield Co-operator was the only paper in Sheffield to constantly advocate co-operative principles and promote co-operatives. It reported on all of the issues which were of interest to people in Sheffield and refuted the negative reporting from the mainstream press towards co-operatives at that time.
It championed The Co-operative Commonwealth.
The Sheffield Co-operator had a guaranteed monthly circulation of 30,000
In a special edition of the Journal of Co-operative Studies, Dr Christopher Olewicz contributed a paper about The Sheffield Co-operator from 1922 – 1939 and its successor The SC Bulletin.
It will be of interest to all those who are interested in co-operative politics:
The Journal is published by The UK Society for Co-operative Studies.
for more information:
Principle 5 has revived ‘The Sheffield Co-operator’ and has so far published four editions.
Principle 5 Pamphlets
Co-operative News Index
The on-line index can be searched at:
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.
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:
The Principle 5 Collection
The Principle 5 Collection is now fully catalogued. The archive and library material can be downloaded from the archives page
Principle 5 Directors
Dennis Chambers – Sustainability
Jonathan Cook – Chair
Dr. Chris Olewicz – Publications
Principle 5 Volunteers
Steve Thompson – Social History
Steve Wagstaff – Co-opMaps