National Asylum Workers' Union / Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union

Scope and Content

National Executive Council and other committee minutes, 1919-1945; income and expenditure records, 1910-1921; staff wages books, 1927-1946; claims book, 1921-1924; NAWU Magazine, 1920, 1928-35; MHIW Journal, 1935-37, 1941-42.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Asylum Workers' Union was founded in July 1910 with the first meeting held at Whitefield near Manchester. It was renamed the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union in 1935. In 1946 the union merged with the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union to form the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Reference: M. Carpenter, All for One (COHSE: Banstead, 1980).

Access Information

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

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

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 expected.

Related Material

National Union of County Officers / Hospital and Welfare Services Union (HWSU); Poor Law Workers' Trade Union; Confederation of Health Service Employees; National Poor Law Officers' Association; Asylum Workers' Association; Papers of George Gibson (1885-1953), trade union leader