[module 2] research and development
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee (Scotland), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland), Rochdale (England)
August 2004 - December 2004
In the 19th Century Rochdale was a major British industrial town, primarily dedicated to cotton manufacturing. By the 1980's many of the local industries had closed down and to this day a significant percentage of the community are unemployed. The city has benefitted little from the urban regeneration schemes of the 1990's. Rochdale is the birthplace of the Co-operative Society, originally called the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, an early workers' organisation orientated towards supporting the needs of low-income families.
The buildings pictured here are from the Meadow View estate, Rochdale. This is a council housing estate built in the 1970's. The area currently houses a mixture of young families and pensioners. The estate includes sheltered housing and a council-run care home.
The Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society: http://archive.co-op.ac.uk/pioneers.htm
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