Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Printed reports, including General Secretary's circular letters, 1872-1976 (incomplete); bound volumes of E.C. minutes, annual conference reports and proceedings, annual reports and accounts,1900-76; membership register, 1873-1948; death benefit lists, 1949-55

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders was founded in 1852 after the amalgamation of the Scottish Society of Boilermakers, the United Friendly Boilermakers' Society and the Amicable and Provident Society of Journeymen Boilermakers of Great Britain. It was the principal union of boilermakers and steel shipbuilders. In 1952 it changed its name to the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers. In 1963 it amalgamated with the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society and the Shipconstructors and Shipwrights' Association to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers, which in turn amalgamated in 1982 with the National Union of General and Municipal Workers to form the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union.

Reference: J. E. Mortimer, History of the Boilermakers' Society : vol. 1 1834-1906; vol. 2 1906-1939.(1973 and 1982) ; Commission on Industrial Relations, Shipbuilding and ship-repairing.CIR report no. 22, Cmnd. 4756 (1971) ; H.A. Clegg, General union in a changing society.Oxford, 1964

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

A list of the reports held at the Centre has been compiled.

An authority file exists for the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers (GB 152 AAR874) and its predecessors : the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers (GBR 0152 AAR876) and the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders (GBR 0152 AAR875).

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. Some records have, however, been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford : see Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, no. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material, including some Blacksmiths' Society records, is held by the Centre.

Custodial History

The Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers' papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB) .