Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District Engineering Trades Employers' Association / West Midlands Association

Scope and Content

Minutes of general, sectional, joint and ad hoc meetings, and minutes of the Management Board and Executive and Emergency Committees, 1897-1927; membership register and list, 1897-1916, 1919; financial ledger, 1897-1917; annual accounts, 1897-1947; subject files, 1898-1969; leases and agreements, 1916-1964. Executive Committee minutes of the Coventry & District EEF, 1939-1941 were added in 2003

Administrative / Biographical History

The Engineering Employers' West Midlands Association was originally formed in 1897 as the local association of the Engineering Employers' Federation for Birmingham, Wolverhampton and district. Similar associations were to exist in the West Midlands region for Coventry, North Staffordshire and Shropshire. The Birmingham Association subsequently shed and then reacquired responsibility for EEF member firms in Wolverhampton and became known simply as the Birmingham and District Engineering Employers' Association. In 1962-3 the Shropshire local association was absorbed by Birmingham. The Birmingham and District Association was renamed the Engineering Employers' West Midlands Association (EEWMA) between February 1963 and February 1964. The Coventry and District Engineering Employers' Association was merged with the West Midlands Association in 1984. The West Midlands Association now forms the largest of the EEF's thirteen regional Associations, with over 1200 companies in its membership.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Related Material

This collection is included within the archive of the Engineering Employers' West Midlands Association (MSS.265) as a predecessor organisation.

The Centre also holds the records of the Coventry and District Engineering Employers' Association (MSS.66), the Engineering Employers' East Midlands Association and its constituent associations (MSS.288), and the Engineering Employers' Federation (MSS.237).