Transport and General Workers Union Papers

Scope and Content

Records of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union (NWQU) and the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), 1877-1968, including papers relating to the proposed amalgamation of the NWQU with the TGWU, 1922, 1958-1960; programmes, 1951-1960; reports and balance sheets, 1953-1960; minutes of Executive Committee meetings, 1957-1959; NWQU and TGWU rules; miscellaneous letters, 1952-1968.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North Wales Quarrymen's Union (NWQU) was formed by workers at the Dinorwic Quarry, Caernarfonshire, in April 1874. The Union soon spread to Penrhyn Quarry and the rest of the North Wales slate areas. On the 1 January 1922 the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) came into existence through the amalgamation of 14 other unions. In the same year the NWQU membership voted to amalgamate with the new union. However it continued to have a separate identity and maintained complete control over its internal affairs until 1960 when it became the TGWU (North Wales).


Arranged chronologically

Access Information

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Transport and General Workers Union Papers, catalogue; Jones, R. Merfyn, The North Wales Quarrymen 1874-1922 (Cardiff, 1982); Warwick University: Modern Records Centre website (, viewed 1 October 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are in Caernarfon Record Office, XNWQU; Warwick University: Modern Records Centre, Transport and General Workers' Union Records.


Jones,R. Merfyn, The North Wales Quarrymen 1874-1922 (Cardiff, 1982)