The Creation and Collapse of an Occupational Community; the Case of Sheerness Naval Dockyard

Scope and Content

The material held are the tapes and transcripts made with retired dockworkers who describe many aspects of their long working lives at the Dockyard. Nine tapes were deposited along with seven transcriptions and an end of award report.

Administrative / Biographical History

This study aimed to provide support for other, parallel, research on aspects of the contemporary labour market of the Isle of Sheppey. It focused on the Naval Dockyard which had dominated the labour market and the social life of Sheerness, the Island's principal town, until its closure in 1960.

Conditions Governing Access

By written application to either the Librarian or Deputy Librarian. A letter of introduction may be required and prospective users will be obliged to sign an undertaking outlining the terms and conditions of access to the research materials.

Other Finding Aids

A Collection level record for all paper based materials in the data collection is available via Qualidata's online catalogue, Qualicat.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of the NSPSCA collections may be reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Albert Sloman Library. This may be obtained by application to the Librarian or Deputy Librarian.


The materials held in the collection contain personal and identifying information. It is essential that the privacy of all respondents is not infringed. No real names or any other identifiable information used in the studies may appear in public. No attempt may be made to contact respondents directly. Use of the materials to derive information relating specifically to an identified individual or to claim to have done so is prohibited.

Appraisal Information

In consultation with academic colleagues, the library special collections acquisitions staff evaluate collections by assessing their relevance to the teaching and research interests of the University.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired and prepared for archiving by Qualidata in 1997 and deposited in the NSPSCA


Additional material is not expected


Pahl, R.E. (1984) 'Divisions of Labour' (Oxford: Blackwell) Pahl, R.E. (1984) 'Divisions of Labour' (Oxford: Blackwell) Buck, N. H.(1981) 'An Admiralty Dockyard in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Aspects of the Social and Economic History of Sheerness' (Urban and Regional Studies Unit, University of Kent at Canterbury)

Additional Information

National Social Policy and Social Change Archive (NSPSCA), Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex