Papers of the General Union of Braziers and Sheet Metal Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive Committee minutes, 1895-1921; National Union, North Western Division, District Committee minutes, 1921-29; Monthly Journal, 1913-20 (incomplete); rules; Wigan Branch minutes, 1913-22.

Administrative / Biographical History

The General Tramping Union of Tin-Plate Workers (the 'Tramping' part of the name was not often used after the first few years of existence) was established in 1861 as a co-ordinating body for the various local tin-plate workers' societies in the North of England. Many of them affiliated, although gradually the union's position was displaced by the National Amalgamated Association of Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain, which was formed in 1889. The union became the General Union of Braziers and Sheet Metal Workers in 1892. It itself finally affiliated to the National Amalgamated Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain in 1900. In 1920 it amalgamated with the other affiliated societies to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers.

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, April 1990, and August 2002.

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 General Union of Braziers and Sheet Metal Workers (GB 152 AAR0648) and the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers (GB 152 AAR0618).

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). Specifically, there are further records of the General Union (MSS.101/SM/GT).