Records of the York Mechanics' Friendly Society

Scope and Content

This collection currently contains one minute book for the society.

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Mechanics' Friendly Society was a mutual benefit society for male members of the York Mechanical Institute which provided financial assistance during sickness, retirement or death of members by means of payment into a pension scheme.

The idea of a setting up a friendly society was proposed at an annual meeting of the York Mechanics Institute on 26th June 1832. A committee was appointed to establish one in connection with the Institute, with this same committee being incorporated with the Committee of the Institute. At a public meeting on 21st August 1832 in the lecture room of the York Mechanics Institute the proposed rules and regulations of the Mechanics Friendly Society was adopted with the Society being established in October that year. In August 1850 it was first proposed that a meeting be held to discuss the dissolution of the Society and to best divide up the remaining funds. The last of these funds were distributed by October 1850 after which time the Society was no longer in existence.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections Assistant, April 2015.

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