Records of the Executive Committee of the Nottingham Branch of the Independent LabourParty, 1927-1931

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Minute book, July 1927-April 1931 (MS 443/1).
  • Embroidered political banner of heavy fabric measuring 1.75m x 1.35m and of unknown date bearing the words 'Nottingham Independent Labour Party' and 'Liberty Equality Fraternity' (MS 443/2).

The period covered by this collection is one of significance in the history of British socialismas it follows the General Strike of 1926, and includes Labour's second term in office and thedepression in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The minutes, however, relate mainly to local mattersconcerning organising events and liaison with other branches.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Independent Labour Party (ILP) was founded at a conference held in Bradford in January 1893to promote a socialist commonwealth by collective ownership of the means of production, distributionand exchange. The ILP was involved in setting up the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 whichlater became the Labour Party. The ILP separated from the Labour Party in 1931 and today it existsas a publishing organisation under the title Independent Labour Publications.

The Nottingham Independent Labour Party was one of the first regional branches of the ILP to beset, only half a year after the first, in Bradford, in 1891. Three representatives of the NottinghamILP attended the 1893 Bradford conference and by July 1894, the branch was well established witharound 700 members. The Party attracted unionised industrial workers from a variety of Nottingham'sindustries but on the whole failed to attract Nottinghamshire miners. The branch was active as apolitical party, and in organising lecture programmes and social events. In 1929 for example, itestablished a Guild of Youth, arranged a regular panel of speakers for street corner meetings, andwon first prize for their dray depicting 'Family Allowances' in a May Day competition.

The date when the branch was wound up is not known. Its head office during the period covered bythe minute book in this collection was at Hardie House, Stanford Street.


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Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Separated Material

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must besought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections (email Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

The minute book in this collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department ofManuscripts in July 1971 and the banner was acquired in 1988.

Related Material

  • London School of Economics; British Library of Political and Economic Science: records of theIndependent Labour Party nationally, 1855 (c)-1975 (c). BLPES/ILP&COLL MISC 0702

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