Plumbing Trades Union

Scope and Content

Series 1: annual reports and quarterly returns, 1867-1960

Series 2: minutes of the National Executive Council, 1920-1965

Series 3: conference reports, 1923-1968

Series 4: rule books and Rules Revision Committee reports

Series 5: circulars, 1919-1968

Series 6: other papers including a letter book and proposition forms

Series 7: branch records including Bacup, Blackpool, Preston, Ramsbottom, Haslingden and Rawtenstall and Rossendale.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Operative Plumbers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland was formed in 1865. In 1911 the title was changed to the United Operative Plumbers' and Domestic Engineers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland. It became the Plumber, Glaziers and Domestic Engineers Union in 1931 and the Plumbing Trades union in 1946. In 1968 it merged with the Electrical Trades Union to form the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication and Plumbing Union.

Source: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Volume 3, Gower Publishing Company Limited (Aldershot, Hants) 1987, page 75.

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Archivist's Note

These records were catalogued by Kate Hart, Apr 2009, as part of 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Mar 2010 and updated by Jane Taylor, May 2020.

Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

Plumbing Trades Union (GB 0152 MSS.134/PTU)1863-1965 - Executive Committee minutes, 1876-1920; North Wales District Committee minutes, 1921-30; correspondence and subject files, 1891-1972; quarterly returns, 1876-91; auditor's reports, 1881, 1889 and 1891; delegate meeting minutes and agenda, 1880-1919; some branch records, 1863-1929; rulebooks, 1849-1963; papers relating to union and branch history, 1883-1973; financial records, 1901-69; staff records, 1895-1967; agreements, 1912-53; election records, 1922-68; photographs, 1958-66; statistics, 1880-1967; conference papers, 1948-63.