Association of Patternmakers and Allied Craftsmen

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1884-1966; General Secretary's out-letter books, 1877-1919 (incomplete); Annual Reports, 1872-1972; Monthly Reports, 1877-1981 (incomplete).

Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades: Secretary's out-letter book, 1891-1903 (MSS.101/P/6/1).

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Patternmakers' Association was founded in 1872 in the north east of England and expanded rapidly by incorporating local societies in Glasgow, Leeds, London and elsewhere. The UPA was never a very large union. In response to technical changes which undermined its skilled craft base the UPA widened its scope and adopted the name Association of Patternmakers and Allied Craftsmen in 1969. In 1984 APAC transferred engagements to the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section which in 1988 formed Manufacturing, Science and Finance by amalgamating with the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs.

Reference: W. Mosses, History of United Pattern Makers Association, 1872-1922. 1922.

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission is required before access. 10 year closure rule applied to all deposits; 20 years for some. MSF approval to be obtained before publication. Please contact the Centre's staff.

Archivist's Note

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101). Authority files exist for the Association of Patternmakers and Allied Craftsmen (GB 152 AAR610) and its predecessor, the United Patternmakers' Association (GBR 0152 AAR611).

Custodial History

The initial deposit of material was collected by van by Richard Storey on the 25th November 1986.