National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades

Scope and Content

Some files of J.C. West re history of London jewellery workers; Jewellery & Silverware Council bulletin, reports and accounts, 1949-52; A short history of the diamond cutting industry, by Henri Polak, c.1950; Board of Trade report, 1946.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades was formed in 1914 by the merger of the Amalgamated Society of Gold, Silver and Kindred Trades and the Birmingham Silversmiths' and Electroplate Operatives' Society. In 1969 it absorbed the Society of Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Kindred Trades. In 1981 it became part of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section).

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions( Vol 2; Gower: Aldershot, 1984).


The records form part of the archive of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSS.101).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The papers were transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Other records of the National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades are also held at the Centre (MSS.411/ST).