National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Some files of J.C. West re history of London jewellery workers; Jewellery & Silverware Council bulletin, reports and accounts, 1949-52; A short history of the diamond cutting industry by Henri Polak, c.1950; Board of Trade report, 1946.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades was formed in 1914 by the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Society of Gold, Silver and Kindred Trades and the Birmingham Silversmiths and Electroplate Operatives' Society. In 1969 it absorbed the Society of Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Kindred Trades. In 1981 it became part of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section).

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 2. Aldershot : Gower, 1984.

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101). They are the files, pamphlets and miscellanea of the union's London District secretary, J.C. West. Sheffield Archives holds late 19th and 20th century records of the national union which was based in Sheffield.

An authority file exists for the National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades (GB 152 AAR670).

Custodial History

The papers were transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990 together with the records of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM).