National Union of Glovers and Leatherworkers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive Committee minutes, 1920-71; Women's Section minutes, 1934-53; some branch minutes, 1915-59; joint industrial committees minutes for glove industry, 1926-64 (incomplete); financial records; subscription books, 1914-68; schedules re cutting prices, wage rates; some subject files; newsletters, 1956-84.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Glovers and Leatherworkers (NUGLW) was formed in 1920 after the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Society of Glovers and the United Glovers Mutual Aid Society. Initially, the newly formed union was known only as the National Union of Glovers. Only in 1954 was the suffix added. The contents of the NUGLW archive reveal that the union was very much based in Yeovil and the surrounding districts. In 1971, the union combined with the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives, the Amalgamated Society of Leather Workers and the National Union of Leather Workers and Allied Trades to form a new union. The result of the merger was known as the National Union of Footwear, Leather and Allied Trades (NUFLAT).

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority file exists for the National Union of Glovers and Leatherworkers (GB 152 AAR1311).

The Centre gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the National Museum of Labour History in the processing of this collection.

Custodial History

The archives of National Union of Glovers and Leatherworkers were transferred to the Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in September 1995.