Central England Co-op has a rich heritage reaching back into dozens communities across the country where people came together to supply themselves with honest goods at fair prices by forming their own local co-operative societies.
Join us at Wythall transport Museum to celebrate the 140th anniversary of one of those societies, founded by a group of Midland Railway workers in Birmingham back in 1881 under the grand title of the "Birmingham Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd.".
This event will use the museum's collection of historic Co-op vehicles, together with archive film screenings, a photographic exhibition and stalls, to explore how the Co-op’s impact on economic, social and cultural life has touched almost every household in the city.
Alongside the preserved battery electric milk floats and bread van, we will also have on display the very latest electric vehicles from the Central England Co-op fleet which bring the story environmentally friendly transport full circle!
This is also a regular museum opening weekend and will feature their extensive collections of buses and battery electric vehicles with a cafe, shop and kids cabin activity area.
Sat 11 Sept 2.30pm
Central England Co-op Society President, Jane Avery will cut a 140th Anniversary Cake.
Sun 12 Sept 2.30pm
Members of the Birmingham Co-op History Group will present some historic objects to add to the museum collection.
Entry: Adult £5 / Child £2.50 / Family (2+2) £12.50
Wythall Transport Museum, Chapel Lane, Wythall, B47 6JA
Part of Birmingham Heritage Week.