Woodworkers' Trades Clubs

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Belfast Cabinet Makers' Trade Society : rules, minutes and membership list, 1788-1830; price lists, 1822 and 1836 (MSS.78/TC/Bel).

Friendly Society of Operative Cabinet Makers. Belfast branch : minutes, 1873-85 (MSS.78/TC/Bel).

Protective Association of Joiners of Glasgow : rules and list of members, 1847-61 (MSS.78/TC/Gla).

London Cabinet Makers' Union : prices, 1811 and 1836 (MSS.78/TC/Lon).

Preston Joiners' Society : cash book, 1807-39 (MSS.78/TC/Pre).

Miscellaneous : strike collection book, 1833-8 (MSS.78/TC/Misc).

Administrative / Biographical History

Many branches of national trade unions were preceded by local trades clubs. Records within this group have not been identified with a national organisation of woodworkers in the nineteenth century. They are arranged alphabetically by local origin.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 3. Aldershot : Gower, 1987.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. Authority files exist for the Belfast Cabinet Makers' Trade Society (GB 152 AAR506), Friendly Society of Operative Cabinet Makers (GBR 0152 AAR443), Protective Association of Joiners of Glasgow (GBR 0152 AAR507), London Cabinet Makers' Union (GBR 0152 AAR508) and the Preston Joiners' Society (GBR 0152 AAR509).

Custodial History

The Woodworkers' Trades Clubs' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians archive. The initial deposit was made in 1974 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (MSS.78/UC) .