Sheffield Co-op Paper Marks Party Centenary

Dec 13th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Members of the Sheffield Co-operative Party have published a special commemorative edition of the party’s old monthly newspaper to mark the national Co-op Party’s 100th anniversary this year.

The centenary edition of The Sheffield Co-operator is an eight-page, large format print publication produced lovingly to appear as close as possible like the original paper, which was printed by the city’s Co-op Party branch between 1922 and 1939.

Sheffield Co-operator (Centenary Edition) copy

The centenary celebration edition is actually the 171st in the paper’s long-interrupted history. But while it looks much like its old self, its content is every bit up to date with articles on the success of Co-op Party candidates at the 2017 general election, on the fate of the Co-op Bank, and on co-operatives and the internet.

There is also a profile of Victorian writer and Sheffield activist Edward Carpenter and a call for this early advocate of sexual equality to be given the freedom of the city nearly 90 years after his death.

The printed paper is available around the city, while you can also read a pdf of the paper by clicking here.


For more information, letters or enquiries, write to: Principle5, Sheffield Co-operator, Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery St, Sheffield S3 8GG or email:

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  1. The Sheffield Co-operator is indeed very special, it has to be held to fully appreciate it!

    Chris Olewicz & Steve Thompson of P5 Resource Centre are responsible for putting it together & making it happen. I thought they deserved a special mention.

    In solidarity, Naomi Lopez

  2. The Sheffield ILP used to regularly put notices in the Sheffield Co-operator in the 1920s. It’s interesting to see how active the Independent Labour Party was in Sheffield at that time.

    There was also a 1920s publication called ‘The Circle Review’ published by Sheffield & Ecclesall Co-operative Society. It used to publish articles and information about ‘The ILP Guild of Youth’.

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