Federation of Sailmakers of Great Britain and Ireland

Scope and Content

Rules, 1912; Federation minutes, 1889-1899; conference papers, 1894-1918; reports of meetings, 1903; printed minutes and reports of annual (subsequently biennial) conferences, 1892-1918; monthly report forms and other tabulated information, 1908-1918; balance sheets, 1912-1923; receipts, 1897-1918; in-letters mainly from branches, 1892-1924; group photographic portrait of Federation organising committee, nd; miscellaneous publications of other bodies, 1881-1922; 1990; Hull branch records, 1890-1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federation of Sailmakers of Great Britain and Ireland was founded in 1889, when it took into membership existing sailmakers' friendly societies in a number of ports. In time its headquarters came to be fixed in Hull. The First World War and changes in the industry brought a gradual decline of the Federation leading to its cessation in 1926/7.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

Acquisition Information

The archive was purchased by the Centre from K. Books, Waplington Hall, Allerthorpe in March 1975 and March 1988. A minute book and a few further items of correspondence were given by K. Books. MSS.87X/5/13 was presented by S Edwards.

Other Finding Aids

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.


Further deposits are not expected.