The papers of the Poor Law Workers' Trade Union/Poor Law Officers' Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Council and other minutes, 1919-1929; Monthly Notes, 1920-1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Poor Law Workers' Trade Union was established on 7 Dec 1918. Amalgamation negotiations with the National Asylum Workers'Union in the early 1920s came to nothing and were followed by a change of name in 1922 to the Poor Law Officers' Union. Following the Local Government Act of 1929, the Union became the National Union of County Officers. Following the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942), the NUCO became the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union. This amalgamated with the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union in 1946 to form the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Reference: M. Carpenter, All for one.Banstead : COHSE, 1980.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by COHSE in October 1981. Subsequent deposits were made in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1993.

Other Finding Aids

This archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in electronic format, in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority files exist for the Poor Law Workers' Trade Union (GB 152 AAR1169); the Poor Law Officers' Union (GB 152 AAR1168); and the National Union of County Officers (GB 152 AAR1167).

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

The Modern Records Centre holds the records of the National Union of County Officers and the Hospital and Welfare Services Union The Centre also holds the archives of COHSE's other predecessor unions (MSS.229) and its successor, UNISON (MSS.389).