Papers of the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters to A. Wilkie, General Secretary, 1881-1889; membership registers, 1929-1939, 1946-1958; annual, quarterly, monthly reports 1918-1963 (incomplete).

The Wilkie letters include correspondence relating to the problem of laid-off members breaking the Cardiff strike, 1884 (MSS.192xAS/3/1/16).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Associated Society of Shipwrights was formed in 1882. At some time between 1900 and 1910 it absorbed the Ship Constructive Association, along with many local societies, and changed its name to the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association. In 1909 it absorbed the Amalgamated Drillers and Hole Cutters' Society and in January 1963 it amalgamated with the United Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers. In 1982 this society amalgamated with the National Union of General and Municipal Workers to form the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions, Volume 2  (Aldershot : Gower, 1984).  J.E. Mortimer, History of the boiler-makers' society, vol. 3.  ( London: Verso, 1994).

Arrangement

The Papers of the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in 1978 and later deposits are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union. (MSS 192/GMB)

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

The letters of Alex Wilkie were purchased in 1989. The membership registers and annual reports were deposited by the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union between 1988 and 1992.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. Part of the collection was catalogued by Andrew Buswell in 1989, and part by Clare Wightman in 1992 (later revised by Joanne Burman in 1998). The membership registers remain unlisted. Copies of the catalogues are available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Authority files exist for the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association (GB 152 AAR0882), the Associated Society of Shipwrights (GB 152 AAR0883), the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers (GB 15 AAR0874) and the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (GB 15 AAR0816).

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 Centre also holds records of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive (MSS 192/GMB) and the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers (MSS.192/BM).

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union remain with the union at its national college.

Geographical Names