Asylum Workers' Association

Scope and Content

This collection includes: photocopies and notes; 'The Asylum News' Vol X; Prestwich branch membership and contribution register; Secretaries Report Book.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Asylum Workers' Association was founded in 1895 "to promote the interests and welfare of Asylum Nurses and Attendants, and of others engaged in nursing the insane, and thereby improve their professional status in the nursing world". It still existed in 1918. The AWA was ousted by the National Asylum Workers' Union (NAWU) and Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in 1985 by Dr Mick Carpenter. It forms part of the material collected by him for his history of COHSE, All for One Banstead, COHSE, 1980

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

The collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

See also National Asylum Workers' Union / Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union; COHSE and the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union (MSS.229).