Shipconstructors and Shipwrights Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Annual and quarterly reports, 1882-1963
  • Reports and papers, 1889-1917
  • Executive Committee and committee minute books, 1909-1966
  • Annual delegate meeting minutes, 1876-1912
  • Rule books, 1882-1952
  • Special statements of members 1908-1913, agreements and other papers including correspondence, price lists and handbooks
  • Branch records: including Belfast branch, Bristol branch, Clyde branch, Fleetwood branch, Glasgow branch, Manchester branch, Mersey and Liverpool district, Plymouth branch, Portsmouth branch, Tyne and Wear district, Jarrow branch, Grimsby and Humber district, London branch and Southampton branch.

Administrative / Biographical History

Historical Directory of trade Unions, vol 2 pg 84

In 1882 the Associated Society of Shipwrights was formed from 18 local shipwrights' societies. It later changed its name to the Associated Shipwrights' Society. Between 1882 and 1908 more independent societies joined. In 1908 it changed its name to the Shipconstructive and Shipwrights' Association after several major amalgamations including the Amalgamated Society of Drillers and Cutters in 1910. In 1913 the name was changed again to the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association. In 1963 it became part of the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, which itself amalgamated to become GMB in 1982

Conditions Governing Access

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued as part of the HLF project 'The past meets the present'

Related Material

Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick LibraryGB 0152 MSS.192/AS - Papers of the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association, 1881-1963

Location of Originals

Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick LibraryGB 0152 MSS.192/AS - Papers of the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association, 1881-1963

Geographical Names