Co-operative Youth Centres Photographs

Scope and Content

This photograph album documents the Co-operative Youth Centres at Tong Hall, Dalston Hall, Collington Rise and Stanford Hall between 1946-1948. Contained within the album is a detailed collection of photographs showing the adult staff, junior staff, child participants, activities and facilities at each location.

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1943, the purpose of the Co-operative Youth Centres was to be similar to that of residential youth centres around the country. Locations would eventually be established at Tong Hall (June 1944), near Huddersfield, Dalston Hall (June 1944) near Carlisle , Collington Rise (1946) at Bexhill-on-Sea and Losehill Hall (1951) in Derbyshire. These locations would enable children to meet, learn and enjoy activities together while under the supervision of senior staff members. Activities included: handicrafts, story telling, percussion band, debates, photography, first aid, dress making, cookery and organising plays such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movement would continue up until the eventual sale of each property. 1972 saw the sale of the final location at Losehill Hall and it was then decided that the Co-operative Youth Centres Limited would partake in voluntary liquidation.

Access Information

All open materials can be viewed by prior arrangement, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Contact the Archivist at: National Co-operative Archive, Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.Email:,

Acquisition Information

Accession No. Arc/2013/22. Deposited by Stephen Yeoman, November 2013. Originally owned by group staff member Edith Marion Cuttriss (later Wiltshire) 1916-201.1

Other Finding Aids

No other finding aids exist

Archivist's Note

Collection catalogued by Luke Morris, Volunteer, March 2014.

Related Material

Co-operative Youth Centres. Reference number: GB 1499 CYC held at National Co-operative Archive.