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P5 - Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre

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 5 of the International Statement of Co-operative Identity)

Mission Statement

To provide an accessible co-operative learning and information resource for all.

To have the current edition and back issues of Co-operative News always available for readers.

To link with other archives and libraries. In particular, Sheffield Central Library Local Studies, Sheffield Archives and other collections in the Region. Also the Co-operative Heritage Trust which manages the National Co-operative Archive and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

Make links with the Co-operative Movement throughout the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Organise P5 Study Group, talks, classes, discussions and film screenings etc.

Make links with other co-operative educational bodies.

Encourage and support principle five throughout the Region.

Principle 5 Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre, Aizlewood's Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG

Principle Five (YCRC) is an information hub for the Co-operative Movement in the Region and a friendly and accessible place where anyone can learn more about the Co-operative Movement.

It is based at Aizlewood's Mill, Sheffield - a co-operatively owned building and home of the Sheffield Co-operative Development Group.

This collection of co-operative educational and research resources began with a realisation of the immense value of back editions of The Co-operative News. Back and current editions will always be available for reading.

In keeping with the co-operative principle of Openness and providing information; reports of co-operative societies, and in particular the Co-operative Group are available in the centre, both current and historic. The Co-operative Group, Co-operatives UK and other societies publish many pamphlets, these are always available to visitors to the Centre. The Centre has back editions of the Journal of Co-operative Studies.

The Co-operative Review, Co-operative Gazette and The Millgate Monthly and a good deal of additional archive material both national and local will be of interest to co-operative historians.

The lending library will be of particular interest. It started with 25 books, but thanks to the generosity of the East of England Co-operative Society, the centre now has a substantial library for the use of members and researchers.

Principle 5 YCRC is a member of Co-operative Press, Co-operatives UK, Sheffield Co-operative Development Group and The UK Society for Co-operative Studies

Supporting the global co-operative marque

Principle 5 website:

Telephone: 0114 282 3132