Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Amalgamation minutes, 1903-04; membership registers, 1873-1904; annual reports, 1872-1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters was established in 1872. It emerged from the struggle over amalgamation versus local independence of several London societies which had formed a loose federation, the General Council or General Association, in 1865. Dissatisfaction with the weakness of the General Council led to the formation of the London General Association of Amalgamated House Painters in 1866 which merged with the General Council to form the Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters in 1868. The first society failed rapidly, according to its secretary because of over-generous benefits. The second society emerged in 1872. It took over the East London Painters' Union and the Universal Federation of House and Ship Painters and Painters' Labourers Union in 1900. In 1904 it amalgamated with the Manchester society, by then known as the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators to form the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators.

Reference: R.W. Postgate, The builders' history. London : National Federation of Building Trade Operatives, 1923.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. An authority file exists for this corporate body (GBR 0152 AAR452).

Only a small group of the society's papers has survived. They begin with the foundation of the second Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters in 1872. There are no papers of the East London or Bermondsey societies taken over in 1900. However in the amalgamation register of the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators (MSS.78/NASOHSPD/2/1/1) the return of the Plaistow branch differentiates ordinary Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters members and those who transferred the East London society.

Custodial History

The Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians archive. The initial deposit was made in 1974 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (MSS.78/UC) .