The co-operative movement in Wales has a long and notable history. It has had a constant presence in south Wales from the mid 19th century. For over a century it was deeply embedded in local culture, and was democratically controlled locally. The movement was also home to an extensive and vibrant social and cultural life including its own halls, libraries, education classes, publications, children's choirs and sporting events. Although primarily based in consumer co-operation, many production co-operative undertakings were also established. It was a major economic and social phenomenon.
For a guide on co-operative material within the South Wales Coalfield Collection please contact the Archives.