National Union of Vehicle Builders

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

National Union of Vehicle Builders/United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers : Executive Committee/National Executive Committee minutes, 1907-72; journal and financial reports, 1851-72; proceedings of national conferences, 1941-61; rules, 1859-67; district records: Birmingham: minutes, 1923-8, 1943-7; files, 1942-53; Leeds: file re Grimsby & Cleethorpes municipal transport, 1947-58; London: minutes, 1919-23; shop stewards' conf. minutes, 1921-6; Headlight , 1957-67; branch records, 1845-68; various publications, 1860s-1970s; circulars, 1956-72; newsletters, 1957-72.

Coachmakers' Friendly Society of the City of Cork : bound volume of accounts and membership records, 1812-24 (MSS.126/VB/6/BR/CK).

Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers. Birmingham branch : minutes 1896-9; accounting records, 1921-35; correspondence, 1933-5 (MSS.126/VB/6/ASW).

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Vehicle Builders was formed in 1919 by the amalgamation of the London and Provincial Coachmakers' Society, the Operative Coachmakers and Wheelwrights' Federal Labour Union, the London Coachsmiths and Vicemen's Trade Society and the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers (founded in 1830). In 1925 it absorbed the Amalgamated Wheelwrights, Smiths and Kindred Trades Union and in 1948 the Wheelwrights and Coachmakers' Operative Union. The union transferred engagements to the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1972.

Reference: David Lyddon, Craft unionism and industrial change : a study of the National Union of Vehicle Builders until 1939.University of Warwick PhD, 1987.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Prior written permission to consult the archive is required. Researchers should apply to the Mr R. Scott, TGWU, Transport House, Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JD.

Archivist's Note

The archive is listed as a sub-group of the Transport and General Workers' Union and predecessors' archive. An authority file exists for the An authority file exists for the National Union of Vehicle Builders (GB 152 AAR341) and its predecessor : the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers (GBR 0152 AAR348).

Minutes and papers of the National Union of Vehicle Builders' Aldenham Works Shop Committee, 1947-74, is also located in the Centre (MSS.277).

Custodial History

The archive of the National Union of Vehicle Builders forms part of the archive of the Transport and General Workers' Union and predecessors. The NUVB archive was split into two parts in the 1970s. Older records, including those of the London and Provincial Coachmakers' Society and the Amalgamated Wheelwrights, Smiths and Kindred Trades Union, were deposited in the Vehicle Building and Automotive Museum established in Coventry by the Transport and General Workers' Union. The museum opened in 1976 and closed in 1980 when the records were transferred to the union's regional office and subsequently to the Modern Records Centre in June 1987. The second part of the archive consists of more recent records, mainly 1947-72, which were taken to the London headquarters of the TGWU following the transfer of engagements from the NUVB. This was the first part of the archive to be deposited in the Centre, on the 31st January 1985. The archive has been deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan.

Accruals

  • 26th June 1987 : Contents of former Vehicle Building and Automotive Museum, Coventry, delivered from TGWU West Midlands regional office.
  • 21st October 1987 : 9 additional volumes delivered from TGWU West Midlands regional office.
  • 22nd July 1988 : 2 boxes of United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers' reports delivered from TGWU West Midlands regional office.