Newspapers relating to the General Strike of 1926 and the Press Strike of 1955; 1926-1955

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Copies of 'The Daily Telegraph', Fifth Strike Issue, Tuesday 11 May 1926; 'The Evening Standard', Tuesday 11 May 1926; 'The British Gazette', Tuesday 11 May 1926; 'The British Worker: Official Strike News Bulletin, published by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress', Wednesday evening 12 May 1926; and 'The Evening News', Thursday 13 May 1926 (MS 747/1-5)

'The London Cry', Strike Souvenir Final, 20 April 1955, reporting on the Budget, the end of the Press Strike, other news, and race meetings (MS 747/6)

Administrative / Biographical History

The General Strike was called by the Trades Union Congress (T.U.C.) in support of a strike by coal miners over their wages and working hours. Workers in key industries such as the railways, docks, and iron and steel works were called out, with the intention of causing difficulties for the rest of the economy. The strike began on 3 May 1926 and was called off on 12 May.

Maintenance workers in the press industry on Fleet Street went on strike for a month in March and April 1955 over wage proposals. All of the newspapers printed in London (twelve daily and ten Sunday papers) ceased production until the strike ended on 20 April 1955.


No archival arrangement has been necessary

Access Information

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good, although some items have minor tears

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

These items were extracted from the Stanley Clifford Moore Collection of printed material which was donated to University of Nottingham Library in July 2000. They were brought into the Manuscript collections in October 2004.

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