United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1892-1912; report on wages and hours, 1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society was founded in 1880 as the United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Mutual Aid and Sick Society. The name was shortened in 1908. The United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society was never a large organisation, when it amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the General Railway Workers' Union in 1913 to form the National Union of Railwaymen it had just 4,101 members.

Reference: P.S. Bagwell, The railwaymen. History of the National Union of Railwaymen.George Allen and Unwin, 1963 and P.S. Bagwell, The railwaymen. Volume 2 : Beeching era and after.George Allen and Unwin, 1982.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

In addition to the items described in the list available in the Centre's searchroom, the University of Warwick Library has acquired some publications from the former Board of Trade Library. These comprise reports and balance sheets, 1892-1912.

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1034).

Custodial History

The United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society papers form part of the archive of the National Union of Railwaymen. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in April 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Union of Railwaymen (MSS.127/NU).