Coventry Trades and Labour Hall Fund and Coventry Tom Mann Memorial Trades and Labour Hall Fund

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1942-1983; financial records, 1924-1994; correspondence and papers, 1946-2002; sound recordings of lectures and discussions, 1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Coventry Trades and Labour Hall Fund was established in 1919 to acquire a meeting venue for the Coventry labour movement. In 1944 it was merged with the Tom Mann Memorial Fund, which was named after the Coventry-born trade union and communist leader. In August 1946 it was used to purchase two houses and an adjoining hall in Stoke Green in which a trade unionists' club was inaugurated in July 1947. The Tom Mann Club was sold by the trustees in 2001.

Reference: minutes of 4 Mar (mentioning fund's 25th anniversary) and 25 Apr 1944 in MSS.353/1/1; letters in MSS.353/3/1 and 3/6.

Access Information

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

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Custodial History

These records were deposited in the Centre by Professor Richard Hyman, secretary of the fund from 1975.