Papers of the Union of Bookmakers' Employees

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1971-74; balance sheets and bank statements, 1972-4; correspondence, subject, and legal case files; correspondence of Head Office with branches, including that of Wales, [?1970s]; some London branch records; research papers of Clifford Allum.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Union of Bookmakers' Employees was founded in 1939 but suspended its activities during the Second World War. It reformed in 1946. In 1971 it transferred its engagements to the Transport and General Workers' Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 1 (Farnborough : Gower, 1980).


The archive forms part of the Transport and General Workers' Union archive (MSS.126).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Prior written permission to consult the archive is required. Researchers should apply to the Mr R Collins, Assistant General Secretary, TGWU, Transport House, 128 Theobald' Road, London WC1X 8TN. This restriction does not apply to Clifford Allum's research papers, which are open without prior permission.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in May and June 1981. The deposit of three boxes of head office records was made by Mr G Sawford, the union's former general secretary, via Clifford Allum.

Other Finding Aids

The collection was catalogued by Susan Edwards in May 1981. 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.

An authority record exists for the Union of Bookmakers' Employees (GB 152 AAR0361).

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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The archive forms part of the Transport and General Workers' Union archive (MSS.126).


Clifford Allum wrote an MA dissertation on the growth of trade unionism within the bookmaking industry, based on the archive (University of Warwick, 1974).