Papers of the Heating and Domestic Engineers' Union and predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1935-67; reports and balance sheets, 1937-45 (incomplete); branch minutes: Bradford, 1911-37; Newcastle 1939-46.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Operative Heating and Domestic Engineers, Whitesmiths and General Ironworkers was formed in 1908 by the merger of the Amalgamated Society of Kitchen Range, Hot Water and General Fitters, the Amalgamated Society of Kitchen Range, Stove Grate, Gas Stove, Hot Water, Art Metal and other Smiths and Fitters connected with the above Trades, the Amalgamated Society of Whitesmiths, Domestic Engineers and General Pipe Fitters and the Birmingham Society of Hot Water and Steam Engineers. By 1926 it had been renamed the National Union of Operative Heating and Domestic Engineers and General Metal Workers and in 1948 it changed its name to become the National Union of Operative Heating, Domestic and Ventilating Engineers and General Metal Workers and in 1956 became the Heating and Domestic Engineers' Union. In 1967 it amalgamated with the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers.

Reference: Ted Brake, Men of Good Character: A history of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (Lawrence and Wishart: London, 1985).

Arrangement

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101) and within that are a constituent of the archive of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This archive was transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. The catalogue is also available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website.

Authority records exist for the Heating and Domestic Engineers' Union (GB 152 AAR621), the National Union of Operative Heating, Domestic and Ventilating Engineers and General Metalworkers (GB 152 AAR622), the National Union of Operative Heating and Domestic Engineers and General Metal Workers (GB 0152 AAR2297) and the National Union of Operative Heating and Domestic Engineers, Whitesmiths and General Iron Workers (GB 152 AAR623).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The records of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers and many of its other predecessors are also held at the Modern Records Centre (MSS.101/SM). These include the records of the Amalgamated Society of Whitesmiths, Domestic Engineers and General Pipe Fitters and its predecessors (MSS.101/SM/AMW). The Modern Records Centre also holds further records of the Heating and Domestic Engineers' Union and its predecessors (MSS.411/HD).