National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive minutes, 1888-93, 1902-4; reports, 1867-1904; rulebook, 1886; membership records.

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

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. Authority files exist for the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators (GB 152 AAR456) and its predecessors : the General Alliance of Operative House and Ship Painters (GBR 0152 AAR457); the General Alliance of Operative House Painters (GBR 0152 AAR458); the General Union of Operative House Painters (GBR 0152 AAR459); and the Manchester Alliance of Operative House Painters (GBR 0152 AAR460).

Custodial History

The National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators' 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) .