Papers of the National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1876-1909; letterbook, 1898-1900; reports, 1901-10; balance sheets, 1889-99 (incomplete); reports of annual delegate meetings, 1898-1902 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Tin Plate Workers of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District was formed in 1876 by the federation of the Wolverhampton Operative Tin-Plate Workers' Society, the Wolverhampton Co-operative Tin Plate Workers' Society and the Birmingham Operative Tin Plate Workers' Society, which all kept their individual identities. In 1889, the Amalgamated Society formed the basis for the National Amalgamated Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain, when it extended its membership outside the West Midlands. This also acted as a loose federation of a number of local societies and was renamed the National Amalgamated Tin and Iron Plate, Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers in 1902 and the National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers in 1908. In 1920 the affiliated societies fully amalgamated 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 National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers (GB 152 AAR0667), National Amalgamated Tin and Iron Plate, Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers (GB 152 AAR2255), National Amalgamated Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain (GB 152 AAR0636) and Amalgamated Tin Plate Workers of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District (GB 152 AAR0643).

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). These include further records of the National Amalgamated (MSS.101/SM/NAS). The Modern Records Centre also holds additional records of the National Amalgamated (MSS.411/NA).