Records of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (Hull and District Association)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The records of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (Hull and district association) were presented to the Brynmor Jones Library in 1983 via Andrew Barson. The collection is a relatively large one, with a full set of minutes, accounts, annual reports, correspondence and membership details, as well as some published material.

In detail the archive is as follows: minutes (1919-1969) including minutes from the founding meetings, early membership lists and lists of the composition of early committees, minutes of the Special Council 1927-1941, 1944-1969; accounts (1925-1950) including monthly contributions and membership lists; annual reports and financial statements (1920-1976); conference documents (1946-1976) including agenda, financial statements, presidential addresses, and minutes as well as topics for discussion such as salaries, corporal punishment, coeducation, pensions and the admission of women to associate membership with resolutions passed 1968-1976; correspondence (1950-1978) held in original chronological file order; membership and recruitment documents, handbooks, leaflets and voting papers (1929-1976) and this section includes annual general meeting documents and related papers for the Schoolmasters Provident Society 1950-1975; papers and reports from the local association (1938-1967) and national association (1970-1977) and this includes material from the 1970s on the rationalisation of promotion, comments on the White Paper of 1973, notes on the benefits of affiliation with the Trades Union Congress, notes on government expenditure and its effects on teachers and evidence to the committee of enquiry into the management and government of schools in 1975; printed material including presidential addresses (1926, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1974), bulletins and circulars of the national association (1944, 1956-1977), the Hull district associations reports and papers relating to the creation of the comprehensive school system 1964-1970 and papers on the allocation of children to schools; press cuttings (1951-1974) relating to both the national and local associations; teachers' conditions of service (1950-1975) including papers of the Burnham Committees, papers on the superannuation scheme and papers in 50 individual legal cases as well as some material on collective industrial action 1965-1971; Union of Women Teachers (1966-1977) being lists of executive members, the constitution and rules of the Hull branch, a few letters and leaflets about recruitment; published material (1936-1973) including copies of the local journal `Professional and Educational News' and the national journal `The New Schoolmaster' and some copies of `The Yorkshire Schoolmaster' in the 1960s as well as single publications particularly on training; miscellaneous (1948-1978) including photographs, posters, Humberside County Council Education Department circulars and a few letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ex-Service Teachers' Association was formed in Hull in 1919 as a pressure group for male teachers within the National Union of Teachers. It attempted to widen its membership in 1920 by becoming the Hull Men Teachers' Association and in 1921 it affiliated to the National Association of Schoolmasters becoming the Hull and District Schoolmasters' Association. In 1923 both the national and the local Schoolmasters' Associations broke free of the National Union of Teachers to operate as a focus for the concerns of male teachers. In 1965 the Union of Women Teachers formed and after some years of collaboration the National Association of Schoolmasters and the Union of Women Teachers amalgamated in 1976. The amalgamation also involved the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association and the combined membership was 90,000. By 1978 the membership had reached 110,000 and the organisation has been unique in establishing a residential training school for its officers at Rednall near Birmingham. The current membership is about 200,000 and the organisation has a large staff of around 100 people. Its aim is to provide legal and professional advice to members and to lobby on pay and conditions of service. It publishes `Teaching Today' and `Career Teacher' (Marsh & Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, i, pp. 140-1; Millard, Trade Associations and Professional Bodies, p.486).

Conditions Governing Access

30 year rule applies to some papers


Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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Related Material

Related material in other repositories: Main national archive - MSS 38 at Warwick University Modern Records Centre who also hold papers for Leicester, London, Newcastle and Southampton local associations; Grantham association papers at Lincolnshire Archives; Halifax association papers at West Yorkshire Archives Service; Wellingborough association papers at Northamptonshire Record Office; Northern Ireland association papers at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland


Marsh, Arthur & Ryan, Victoria, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, i (1980)

Millard, Patricia (ed.), Trade Associations and Professional Bodies of the United Kingdom (1994)