avoncroft and rosedene study visit

The Chartist Land Company

Rosedene Chartist Cottage was built by the Chartist Land Company, an early form of cooperative housing.  The Chartist Land Company ultimately failed and Rosedene Cottage is capably owned and managed by the National Trust, its failure has lessons for anyone wishing to set up and sustain a cooperative.

Shrewsbury Cooperative Society

At the heart of Avoncroft Musuem is the rescued String of Horses building that was previously owned by the Shrewsbury Cooperative Society and still bears its name on a sign.  We will have workshops and refreshments in the Long Room and you will be able to see how little it has changed since the board of Shrewsbury Cooperative Society used it for their meetings just as we will on the 8th of September.

Cider orchards

Avoncroft is in the heart of Worcestershire cider country and its grounds boast many historic varieties of apple and pear.  Some of the varieties will be ripe when we visit on the 8th of September.  In the museum gift shop you can buy cider that is made from apples grown on site!  We’ve tried a few bottles and it’s delicious.


As we are keen believers in the fifth cooperative principle, Education and Training, there will be a choice of workshops to attend.

Windmill, Prefab, Threshing barn and over 30 historic buildings.   Including the National Telephone Kiosk collection!  Have you ever been inside an Anderson Shelter?  It’s a sobering experience.

It’s less than an hour from Birmingham and we will arrange transport for those who need it.

Book now to join us on 8th September at Rosedene and Avoncroft.  It promises to be a fun and enlightening day for the whole family.  Bring the children!  Add the Coupon Code child when you get to the checkout to book FREE places for kids (subject to availability).   Add the Coupon Code coop if you are a member of any cooperative and you will get adult places for only £10.

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