Papers of the Wolverhampton Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Rules, 1834-1946; list of prices, 1850.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Friendly Society of the United Operative Tin-Plate Workers of Wolverhampton was formed at some time before 1802. At some time after 1834 it was renamed the Wolverhampton Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society. In 1876 the Society federated with the Wolverhampton Co-operative Tin Plate Workers' Society and the Birmingham Co-operative Tin Plate Workers' Society to form the Amalgamated Tin Plate Workers of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District. In 1920 it amalgamated with the other unions affiliated to the Amalgamated's successor, the National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers, to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers.

Reference: Ted Brake, Men of Good Character: A history of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers  (Lawrence and Wishart: London, 1985).

Arrangement

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101) and within that are a constituent of the archive of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with  ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This archive was transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. The catalogue is also available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website.

Authority records exist for the Wolverhampton Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society (GB 152 AAR0644), the Friendly Society of the United Operative Tin-Plate Workers of Wolverhampton (GB 152 AAR2306) and the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers (GB 152 AAR0618).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The records of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers and many of its other predecessors are also held at the Modern Records Centre (MSS.101/SM). There are other records relating to the Wolverhampton union in the papers of the Birmingham sheet metal workers (MSS.101/SM/BIW).