British Leyland Trade Union Committee (BLTUC)

Scope and Content

Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers/ Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers. Oxford District : minutes, 1968-75.

British Leyland Trade Union Committee : minutes, 1968-77; correspondence; minutes of various shop stewards' committees, from 1949.

British Motor Corporation Joint Shop Stewards' Committee: minutes, 1952-4, 1958-78; correspondence, 1958-78.

Morris Motors AEF Shop Stewards' Committee: minutes, etc., 1968-70.

Morris Motors Joint Shop Stewards' Committee: minutes, 1960 and 1968-71.

National Motor and Ancillary Trades Shop Stewards' Committee: minutes, 1956-60; correspondence and circulars.

Nuffield Combine Shop Stewards' Committee: minutes, 1949-52.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Motor Corporation Joint Shop Stewards' Committee evolved in 1952 from the Nuffield Combine Shop Stewards' Committee. A meeting in 1967 between Leyland-Triumph and BMC shop stewards led to the formation of the British Leyland (Motor Corporation Combined) Trade Union Committee in 1968.

Reference: for working life at Cowley see Making cars. London, 1985.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See


Researchers should note that Ruskin College, Oxford holds minutes and correspondence of the British Leyland Trade Union Committee, 1958-1977 (reference MSS.20).

Other Finding Aids

Custodial History

The archive was deposited in the Centre in 1981 by Mr L. Gurl through the good offices of Dr S. Tolliday. Details of this deposit and subsequent accruals are listed below.


18th September 1981 : 26 files as listed by Dr Tolliday, unaccompanied van collection from Dr Tolliday who had collected them from Mr L. Gurl at Cowley [indefinite loan]; 21st June 1995 : 9 archive boxes of L. Gurl papers delivered by L. Gurl [indefinite loan]; 15th December 1995 : 1 box of memoirs by post [indefinite loan].

Related Material

Papers of Richard Albert Etheridge (1909-1985), trade unionist and Communist; Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd. / British Leyland Motor Corporation; Diaries and papers of Ron Savage, Industrial Relations Manager at British Leyland, Longbridge; Morris Motors Ltd.