Ceramic and Allied Trades Union (CATU)

Scope and Content

The collection contains minutes of the National Executive Council, annual delegation meetings and other commitees. There are volumes of payments books, membership returns, agreements and prices lists and a series of newspaper cuttings books. Other papers include files on negotiations with companies, lodges, apprenticeships, World War Two and the pottery industry and legal cases. There is a series of files relating to trades and occupational groupings in the pottery industry that contain papers on practices, agreements and disputes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ceramic and Allied Trades Union (CATU) can trace its origin from the formation of the National Amalgamated Society of Male and Female Pottery Workers (NASMFPW) in 1906. This changed its name to the National Society of Pottery Workers (NSPW) in 1917. Previously there had been many small, disparate and mainly craft-based unions which did not carry much punch and were sometimes in conflict with each other. The process of amalgamation was largely completed when the union representing the ovenmen joined in 1920. The National Society of Pottery Workers became 'CATU' in 1970, and has recently become part of Unity.


The collection has been arranged: series 1: minutes books, series 2: finances, series 3: newspaper cutting books, series 4: membership returns, series 5: agreements and price lists, series 6: other papers, series 7: trade and occupational grouping files

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

If you wish to visit the library you need to make an appointment. The Working Class Movement Library is open Tuesday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm and every 3rd Saturday of the month 10.00am-4.00pm.

To book an appointment, telephone: 0161 736 3601 or email: enquiries@wcml.org.uk.

Other Finding Aids

The full catalogue is available online on the Working Class Movement Library's Web Site - www.wcml.org.uk

[N.B. to access descriptions of individual files and items, click on the magnifying glass by 'context contains' at the bottom of the catalogue page.]

Archivist's Note

These records were organised and listed by John Percy. Amended and catalogued by Kate Hart, 2008, as part of the 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Feb 2009.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union.