Records of the Plumbing Trades Union (Aberdeen and Inverurie)

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Aberdeen branch of the Plumbing Trades' Union and its predecessors, and records of the Inverurie lodge of the Plumbers', Glaziers' and Domestic Engineers' Union.

Plumbing Trades' Union (Aberdeen Branch) Minutes, 1949 - 1954; proposition (or membership) books, 1866 - 1916; Out of Work book, 1953 - 1958; printed papers and pamphlets, 1941 - 1958 (including rules and regulations, and Standing Orders of the Union, and reports re. Working conditions in plumbing and kindred trades); Journal of the Plumbing Trades Union, 1950 - 1954 (incomplete)

Plumbers', Glaziers and Domestic Engineers' Union (Inverurie Lodge) Treasurer's cash book, 1938 - 1942 Treasurer's cash book, 1938 - 1942

Administrative / Biographical History

The first national organisation of workers in the plumbing industry, formed in 1832, was short-lived; but it was successfully re-constituted as the United Operative Plumbers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland in 1865. The name was changed to the Plumbers', Glaziers, and Domestic Engineers' Union by July 1938, and by Feb 1953 it had become the Plumbing Trades Union.

By June 1866, a branch (or lodge) had been formed in Aberdeen, and by 1938, a separate lodge also existed in Inverurie.

Further information about the development of the trade union movement and the history of individual trade unions in Aberdeen can be found in William Diack, History of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939), and in Kenneth D. Buckley, Trade Unionism in Aberdeen 1870 - 1900 (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1955). Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, 4 vols (Aldershot: Gower, 1980 - 1984) also contains useful information about the development of individual unions, at both the national and local level. Summarised details from each of these sources has been used in compiling this collection level description.


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Access Information

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1967

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen. Contents of this list are searchable on-line at, via the Historic Collections database.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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