National Union of Foundry Workers (NUFW)

Scope and Content

Rules, 1920-1945; rules revision committee minutes and related papers, 1919-1928; national executive council minutes and rulings, 1920-1946; correspondence and papers, 1903-1944; bank books, 1920-1941; property accounts, 1914-1937; various accounting records, 1915-1943; agreements, 1927-1939; 'Monthly Report and Journal' and other publications, 1918-1944; records concerning selection of general secretary, 1925.

Additional deposit in Sept 2014.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Foundry Workers was formed in 1920 by the amalgamation of the Friendly Society of Iron Founders of England, Ireland and Wales, the Amalgamated Society of Coremakers of Great Britain and Ireland and the Associated Iron Moulders of Scotland. In 1944 it absorbed the Scottish Brassmoulders' Union and in 1945 the Associated Iron, Steel and Brass Dressers of Scotland. In 1946 it amalgamated with the United Metal Founders'; Society and the Ironfounding Workers' Association to form the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers.

Reference: H.J. Fyrth and H. Collins, The foundry workers, a trade union history (Manchester, 1959).


The reference codes of these records were determined by a superseded catalogue arrangement. The codes are therefore not necessarily in order in the catalogue.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

The archive has been deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan by the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Foundry Section). The first deposit consisted of fifty shelf feet of records collected from the AUEW office in Manchester by Janet Druker on 24th April 1974. The records with references prefixed MSS.41B were received in the autumn of 1985 shortly before the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Foundry Section) moved its Manchester offices to new premises in London.

Related Material

Records of the Constructional Engineering Union (MSS.273); the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (MSS.259); the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (MSS.101/DA); and the working papers of H.J. Fryth (MSS.224)