Papers of the National Society of Coppersmiths, Braziers and Metalworkers and predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Committee of Management minutes, 1929-53; account book, 1902-10; annual reports, 1892-1959 (incomplete); monthly reports, 1913-58; rule books; London Branch minutes, 1912-48; Swindon branch accounts, 1932-58; Liverpool United Society balance sheet, 1883-84.

Administrative / Biographical History

The London Friendly Society of Workers in Copper was established in 1846. It changed its name to the London Friendly Society of Coppersmiths in about 1869, to the London and Provincial Friendly Society of Coppersmiths in about 1892, to the London and Provincial Society of Coppersmiths in 1901, to the London and Provincial Society of Coppersmiths and Metalworkers in 1909, and to the National Society of Coppersmiths, Braziers and Metalworkers in 1912. It absorbed the Liverpool United Society of Coppersmiths (founded in 1860) in 1913. In 1959 it amalgamated with the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths.

Reference: Ted Brake, Men of Good Character: A history of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (Lawrence and Wishart: London, 1985).

Arrangement

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101) and within that are a constituent of the archive of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This archive was transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. The catalogue is also available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website.

Authority records exist for the National Society of Coppersmiths, Braziers and Metalworkers (GB 152 AAR0616), the London and Provincial Society of Coppersmiths and Metal Workers (GB 152 AAR2074), the London and Provincial Society of Coppersmiths (GB 152 AAR0617), the London and Provincial Friendly Society of Coppersmiths (GB 152 AAR2075), the London Friendly Society of Coppersmiths (GB 152 AAR0703), the London Friendly Society of Workers in Copper (GB 152 AAR0704) and the Liverpool United Society of Coppersmiths (GB 0152 AAR0653).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The records of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers and many of its other predecessors are also held at the Modern Records Centre (MSS.101/SM). These include further records of the London and Provincial Friendly Society of Coppersmiths (MSS.101/SM/LOW). The Modern Records Centre also holds further records of the National Society of Coppersmiths, Braziers and Metalworkers (MSS.411/NS).