National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators

Scope and Content

This collection contains: rules, 1886; executive minutes, 1888-1904; general office branch entrance book, 1886-1915; reports, 1866-1904; minutes of biennial/annual meetings, 1872-1880; members' registration books, 1848-1891.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Manchester Alliance of Operative House Painters was formed in 1856 following a conference of small local societies in the Manchester area. It remained merely an alliance, that is the local societies retained their independence of rules, names and finances. In 1870 the alliance's name was changed to the General Union of Operative House Painters, in 1872 to the General Alliance of Operative House Painters and in 1880 to the General Alliance of Operative House and Ship Painters. In 1886 the alliance was dissolved and an amalgamated union was formed, the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators. In 1904 it merged with the Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters and several smaller societies 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

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

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Custodial History

The National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians' (UCATT) 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).