Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives hold possibly the most substantial collection documenting the history and activities of the co-operative movement in London, Essex and the South East.

We offer a wide range of books, pamphlets, reports and journals exploring the history and activities of the movement in the Co-operative Movement Collection. We hold archives of individual activists such as Robert Marshall and Caroline Ganley. You’ll also find original material produced by a wide variety of organisations, such as the London Co-operative Society, the Co-operative Party, the International Co-operative Alliance and Women's Co-operative Guild.


  1. Laurie Pavitt Archive


  2. London Co-operative Society

    Formed in 1920

  3. Marshall, Robert Leckie


  4. King, Sue


  5. Women's Co-operative Guild

    Formed in 1883

  6. Walker, Christine


  7. Derrick, Paul


  8. Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society

    formed in 1847

  9. Dutch, George Frederick


  10. Ganley, Caroline Selena


  11. Co-operative Movement Library