We are remembering and celebrating the life of Margaret Digby, CBE who was born on 9 March 1902 (d.6 January 1985).

She was a remarkable woman who was the inspiration and driving force behind Plunkett Foundation for nearly 50 years. Margaret joined Plunkett Foundation in 1927 as a research assistant and took on the leadership of the Foundation in 1934.  She travelled wide and far and her global knowledge of co-operation was unsurpassed, and so she came to enjoy the trust and respect of co-operators throughout the world.

During the course of her 50 years of untiring work she wrote books, articles and papers; carried out research, consultancy and advisory projects for governments and international organisations; drafted co-operative laws; set up training courses and lectured throughout the world.

Below are a collection of photos we have been able to gather from our archives:

Margaret Digby, CBE

Margaret travels to Ireland

Margaret travels to Australia to meet government members


Margaret meeting international partners

We have unearthed a wonderful article from the Co-operative News, detailing the life and work of Margaret Digby. To view the full article please download the photo here.

A Storify has been put together highlighting the best coverage from International Women's Day 2017, when we first published this article.

We have recently located her diaries and are looking forward to learning more about her inspirational work.