Sculpture of Unity
The sculpture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Co-operative Movement by the Rochdale Pioneers.
Their hands are joined as this is a symbol of co-operation. The shape of the hands together is similar to the shape of a beehive; this represents the idea of industry and of working together for the common good.
It was in Rochdale in 1844 that the Rochdale Pioneers came together to help the textile workers of the town who were struggling on poor wages and terrible living conditions.
The sculpture, which was first displayed in 1995, is by the artist Alec Peever and is made from York stone.
Find out more about the history of the Co-operative Movement in Rochdale and the Pioneers Museum in Rochdale town centre.