Working Together Project: Interview with Martin Spence by National Co-operative Archive published on 2018-05-16T14:07:38Z Interview recorded: 29/01/2018 Interviewee: Martin Spence Interviewer: Philippa Lewis [00:04] Martin Spence outlines how he became involved in Days of Hope Bookshop, Newcastle and its early years. [09:35] Comments on the decisions to structure the bookshop formally as a neighbourhood co-op rather than a workers co-op. [11:41] Outlines why the bookshop eventually shut down in the early 1980s. [17:03] Talks about Days of Hope’s links to the national Labour Movement and the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)and the interesting characters involved with the bookshop including: Andy McSmith, Alan Milburn, E.P Thompson, Bob Clay, and Mo Mowlam. [25:00] Talks about backlash from extremist right wing groups. [28:18] Discusses the customer base of the bookshop. [31:22] Discusses in further detail the decision to structure as a neighbourhood co-op rather than a workers co-op [37:27] Talks about decision making and pay of the workers in the bookshop [43:17] Comments on the gender balance in the bookshop. [46:04] Discusses decision making in the bookshop. [55:09] Comments on networks with other worker co-ops [57:57] Discusses career post Days of Hope. [01:03:07] Speaks briefly about Penge Housing Co-op (South London).