National Society of Metal Mechanics

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

National Society of Metal Mechanics : National Executive Council minutes, 1891-2, 1913-17, 1928-59; District Councils' minutes, 1934-79 (incomplete); Annual Report, 1873-1946; Journal , 1918-21; rules, 1911-45; files re employers' associations and companies and subject files, 1920s-1980s; some branch minutes (MSS.101/M).

National Society of Amalgamated Metal, Wire and Tube Workers : minutes, 1913-19 (MSS.101/M/6/1).

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Society of Metal Mechanics was formed in 1872 as the Amalgamated Society of Brassworkers. It had several changes of name. In 1987 it joined the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section.

Reference: M. Totten, Founded in brass. National Society of Metal Mechanics, 1972.

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission is required before access. 10 year closure rule applied to all deposits; 20 years for some. MSF approval to be obtained before publication. Please contact the Centre's staff.

Archivist's Note

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101). Authority files exist for the National Society of Metal Mechanics (GB 152 AAR606) and its predecessors : the National Society of Brass and Metal Mechanics (GBR 0152 AAR647); the National Society of Brassworkers and Metal Mechanics (GBR 0152 AAR607); the National Society of Amalgamated Brassworkers and Metal Mechanics (GBR 0152 AAR608); the National Society of Amalgamated Brassworkers (GBR 0152 AAR614); the Amalgamated Society of Brassworkers (GBR 0152 AAR609); and the related organisation, the National Society of Amalgamated Metal, Wire and Tube Workers (GBR 0152 AAR707).

Custodial History

Eleven cartons and one deed box of records of the National Society of Metal Mechanics were placed on indefinite loan in the Centre on the 13th October 1987. They were collected by van accompanied by Alistair Tough. Two and a half shelf metres were later added to the collection from Birmingham Manufacturing, Science and Finance. These were collected by Christine Woodland on the 4th January 1991.