Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers

Scope and Content

Series 1 - Annual, monthly and financial reports, 1872-1985 (not complete)

Series 2 - Minutes of the Executive Council and General Council meetings, 1880-1985 (not complete)

Series 3 - Conference reports, 1952-1982

Series 4 - Rule books, 1839-1977

Series 5 - Members' list, 1865-1973

Series 6 - Other papers including agreements, membership cards, trade reports, shop steward's manual and notice of amalgamation with the GMB.

Series 7 - Branch records including Belfast, Barrow, Birmingham, Bristol, Clyde, Dundee, East Cowes, Ellesmere Port, Jarrow no. 1, Grimsby and the Humber district, Leeds, London, Lytham, Manchester, Mersey, Nottingham and Derby, Portsmouth, Southampton, Southwick, Tees, Tyne and Wear and Yorkshire branches.

Series 8 - Minute books, letter books and other papers of the South Wales district

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society of Friendly Boilermakers was formed in 1834. In 1845 it changed its name to the United Friendly Boilermakers' Society. In 1852 it merged with two other unions to become the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders. In 1952 it changed its name to the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers. In 1963 the union amalgamated with the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society and Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association to become the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers. It amalgamated with the General and Municipal Workers` Union in 1982 to become the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, which later became the GMB.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

If you wish to visit the library you need to make an appointment. The Working Class Movement Library is open Tuesday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm and every 3rd Saturday of the month 10.00am-4.00pm.

To book an appointment, telephone: 0161 736 3601 or email:

Other Finding Aids

The full catalogue is available online on the Working Class Movement Library's Web Site -

[N.B. to access descriptions of individual files and items, click on the magnifying glass by 'context contains' at the bottom of the catalogue page.]

Archivist's Note

These records were catalogued by Kate Hart, Dec 2008, as part of 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Mar 2010.

Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers (MSS.192/BM)