Papers of the Operative Braziers' and Sheet Metal Workers' Society, Liverpool

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1840-1919; contributions and payments ledger, 1838-47.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Liverpool Humane Society of Tin Plate Workers was established in 1802. It was renamed the Friendly Society of Tin Plate Workers in 1819, the Liverpool Friendly Society of Tin Plate Workers in 1853, the Liverpool Operative Tin Plate Workers' Society in 1876 and the Operative Braziers' and Sheet Metal Workers' Society, Liverpool in 1899. The Society was a founder member of the General Tramping Union of Tin-Plate Workers in 1861. It later affiliated to the National Amalgamated Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain and in 1920 it amalgamated with other affiliated local societies to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers.

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 Operative Braziers' and Sheet Metal Workers' Society, Liverpool (GB 152 AAR0637), the Liverpool Operative Tin Plate Workers' Society (GB 152 AAR2271), the Liverpool Friendly Society of Tin Plate Workers (GB 152 AAR0638) and the Friendly Society of Tin Plate Workers (GB 152 AAR2270).

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).