Glass Bottle Makers of Yorkshire Trade Protection Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Printed quarterly reports, 1875-6, 1879-80, 1887-8; "proposition books" (motions before EC, result of votes), 1886-1914, 1919-40. The style of these volumes changes over time to become minutes of Executive Committee meetings, printed accounts, 1923-35 (incomplete); North of England Glass Bottle Makers' Society reports, 1905-8, 1913-16.

The deposit also includes T. Spencer and D. Lilleyman, Theo. Voelkel (1851-1924) - A life (1997), based on Voelkel's unpublished autobiography. Voelkel was a glass bottle maker in Germany. His trade union activities forced him to leave Germany as a political refugee in 1882. He found work in the glass bottle trade in Castleford and joined the Yorkshire Glass Bottle Makers United Trade Protection Society. He became active in the union, and held several offices, as well as acting as an interpreter in its negotiations with the International Union of Glass Bottle Makers.

The deposit also includes Terry Spencer, Alfred Greenwood (1837-1923), Working Class Hero(privately printed, 2002). Greenwood was Central Secretary of the society for fifty years, 1879-1919

Administrative / Biographical History

The Yorkshire Glass Bottle Makers United Trade Protection Society may date as far back as 1827. In 1920 it amalgamated with the National Glass Bottle Makers' Society of Great Britain and Ireland to form the National Glass Workers' Trade Protection Association.

Reference: Deposit information.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in a series of deposits from 1997-2002.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exists for the Yorkshire Glass Bottle Makers United Trade Protection Society (GB 152 AAR0268); Alfred Greenwood (GB 152 AAR2351) and Theo. Volkel (GB 152 AAR 2352).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds further papers of the Yorkshire Glass Bottle Industry (William Bagley Papers) MSS.301 and MSS.126/YG.