Associated Blacksmiths', Forge and Smithy Workers' Society

Scope and Content

Series 1: Annual reports, 1920-1950 (not complete)

Series 2: Executive Council, trade union and health insurance minute books, 1911-1960 (not complete)

Series 3: Circulars, 1919-1926

Administrative / Biographical History

The Associated Society of Blacksmiths was formed in 1845. It had the alternative name of the Associated Blacksmiths of Scotland. In 1910 it changed its name to the Associated Blacksmiths and Ironworkers Society. In 1912 the Blacksmiths' Union joined and in 1914 the National United Society of Smiths and Hammermen. During the 1920s the union changed its name to the Associated Blacksmiths', Forge and Smithy Workers' Society. In 1963 it amalgamated with the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, which later became the GMB.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

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Acquisition Information

The records were donated by the GMB

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

These records were catalogued by Kate Hart, Jun 2008, as part of the 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Jan 2010.

Related Material

Other records are also available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.

Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society (MSS.192/AB) 1857-1968 - Various series of reports, 1857-1961; registration books, 1857-1919; rule books, 1857-1968; rules revision papers, 1924-9, 1955; some correspondence files; some branch records.