Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Reports and accounts, 1893-1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen was established in 1872 as the Amalgamated Society of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. In 1901 it absorbed the Society of Watchmen of the Port of London and changed its name to the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Watchmen of the River Thames. This union absorbed the Medway Sailing Bargemen's Union in 1910.

In 1912 the union changed its name again to the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen. It initially joined together in 1922 with thirteen other unions to form the Transport and General Workers' Union. However, a large number of the Society's members broke away to form the National Amalgamated Society of Stevedores, Lightermen, Watermen and Dockers together with the Amalgamated Stevedores' Labour Protection League.

Reference: K. Coates and T. Topham, The making of the labour movement. The formation of the Transport and General Workers' Union 1870-1922. Oxford : Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1991.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Prior written permission to consult the archive is required. Researchers should apply to the Mr R. Scott, TGWU, Transport House, Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JD.

Archivist's Note

The list of the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen includes the records of its predecessor organisations. Authority files exist for the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen (GB 152 AAR169), the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Watchmen of the River Thames (GBR 0152 AAR191) and the Amalgamated Society of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames (GBR 0152 AAR192).

Custodial History

As a predecessor of the Transport and General Workers' Union the initial deposit was made in 1976 by that union. Accruals to the deposit are listed under the entry for the Transport and General Workers' Union (MSS.126/TG) . The archive has been deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan.