Papers of the Birmingham and Midland Sheet Metal Workers' Society and predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1859-71; annual reports and balance sheets, 1892-1972 (except 1919, 1966, 1970-71).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Birmingham Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society was founded on 12 February 1859. In 1906 it was renamed the Birmingham Operative Tin-Plate, Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers' Society and in 1925 the Birmingham and Midland Sheet Metal Workers' Society. In 1876 the Society federated with the Wolverhampton Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society and the Wolverhampton Co-operative Tin Plate Workers' Society to form the Amalgamated Tin Plate Workers of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District, but in 1909 seceded from its successor organisation, the National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers. It later expanded out of Birmingham to form branches in Burton-upon-Trent, Coventry, Dudley, Loughborough, Redditch and Rugby. In 1973 it rejoined its fellow sheet metal workers' organisations by merging with the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers.

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 and April 1990.

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 Birmingham and Midland Sheet Metal Workers' Society (GB 152 AAR0613), the Birmingham Operative Tin-Plate, Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers' Society (GB 152 AAR2259) and the Birmingham Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society (GB 152 AAR0645).

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 is further material relating to the Birmingham sheet metal workers (MSS.101/SM/BIM and MSS.101/SM/BIW).