Typescript: "Factory inspection: Cooperation or Compulsion?"

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 HIR/1/2/2
  • Dates of Creation
      [1950s]
  • Physical Description
      2 folders. In three parts: i-iii, 1176 folios.

Scope and Content

The subject of this manuscript by Hird was a committee of inquiry into industrial safety in the cotton industry, which sat between 1908-1910, and included representatives of the employers and trades unions. Hird argues this was an important development in industrial cooperation because it regularised tripartite (employers, unions and inspectors) meetings on safety, and normalised collective approaches to these problems.

Some of the content of this manuscript was probably reused by Hird in his memoir. Correspondence in the archive indicates that Hird was attempting to get this work published by Manchester University Press, and after his death his wife and daughter continued these efforts, albeit unsuccessfully (see HIR/4/4).