Reference number
  • AEU
  • 1920-2002
  • Collection
  • Amalgamated Engineering Union: Council Minutes 1920-1984; Investment Committee Minutes 1931-1975; Sub-Committee Minute Books 1935-1960 (incomplete), District and Branch Minute Books 1920-1960; Reports on Proceedings of the National Committee 1927-1939; Correspondence Files; Annual, Quarterly and Half-Yearly Reports 1920-1993; Rule Books 1935-1970; Officials Handbooks, Journals, Promotional Material and National Agreements, Reports and Photographs.

    Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers: Executive Council Minutes 1973-1984; Agendas and Conference Papers 1977-1983; Correspondence 1970-1983; National Conference Reports 1971-1984; Executive Council Reports 1975-1985; Rule Books; Election Addresses 1972-1985; Summer Schools, Promotional Material; The Way for Women and Youth 1968-1978; Annual Reports 1983-1995; Publications. Also District and Branch Records for the Accrington Branch of the AUEW.

    This collection also contains some material for the AEEU, formed in 1993.
  • 276 boxes (264 [MSS.259], 10 [807], 1 [1010], 1 [1018]
Admin history
  • The AEU was formed in 1920 from the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) and nine other unions (the Steam Engine Makers' Society, the United Machine Workers' Association, the United Kingdom Society of Amalgamated Smiths and Strikers, the Amalgamated Association of Brass Founders, Turners, Fitters, Finishers and Coppersmiths, the North of England Brass Turners', Fitters', and Finishers' Society, the London United Metal Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Society, the East of Scotland Brassfounders' Society, the Amalgamated Instrument Makers' Society, and the Amalgamated Society of General Toolmakers, Engineers and Machinists). The Amalgamated Society of Glass Works Engineers joined in 1944, the Amalgamated Society of Vehicle Builders, Carpenters and Mechanics in 1945, the Amalgamated Machine, Engine and Iron Grinders' and Glaziers' Society in 1956, the Leeds Spindle and Flyer Makers' Trade and Friendly Society in 1958, the United Operative Spindle and Flyer Makers' Trade and Friendly Society in 1962, and the Turners', Fitters' and Instrument Makers' Union (Scotland) in 1965. When the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers joined in 1967, the Union changed its name to the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (AEF). In April 1970 the AEF amalgamated with the Draughtsmen's and Allied Technicians' Association (DATA) and the Constructional Engineering Union to form the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW). It was organised into several sections: the Technical and Supervisory Section; the Constructional Section; the Foundry Section; and the Engineering Section. It absorbed the Amalgamated Springworkers and Allied Trades in 1976 and the British Roll Turners' Trade Society in 1983. The AUEW amalgamation was not successful, and in 1985 the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (as it had been renamed) left the amalgamation. The Construction and Foundry Sections transferred their engagements to the Engineering Section and the Union was renamed the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers - Engineering, Foundry and Construction Section. It changed its name back to the Amalgamated Engineering Union in May 1986. On 1st May 1992, the AEU amalgamated with the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication and Plumbing Union (EETPU) to form the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU). On 1st January 2001, the AEEU merged with the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF) to form Amicus.
    Reference: J.B. Jeffreys, The Story of the Engineers (London, 1945; repr. 1970).

    Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions (Aldershot, 1984).
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • Various parts of the collection were catalogued by Richard Storey, Alistair Tough, Linda Smallbone, Nicola Atkins and Christine Woodland between 1990 and 1996. Further cataloging by Andrew MacLeod in 2005. A copy of the catalogue is available 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. Marie Osborne created an electronic finding aid to the minutes series in March 2001.

    Authority records exist for the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (GB 0152 AAR0550), Amalgamated Engineering Union (1920-67) (GB 0152 AAR0520), Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (GB 0152 AAR0519), Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (GB 0152 AAR0512), Amalgamated Engineering Union (1986-92) (GB 0152 AAR0511), and Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (GB 0152 AAR0510), Amalgamated Society of Plate and Machine Moulders (GB 0152 AAR0511), National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Ore Miners, Coke Workers and Kindred Tradesmen (GB 0152 AAR1256), Constructional Engineering Union (GB 0152 AAR0518), The Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (GB 0152 AAR2349), Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (GB 0152 AAR1376), East of Scotland Brass Founders' Society (GB 0152 AAR3005), Friendly Union of Mechanics (GB 0152 AAR0552), Amalgamated Instrument Makers' Society (GB 0152 AAR0539), Journeymen Steam Engine, Machine Makers' and Millwrights' Friendly Society (GB 0152 AAR0551), Leeds United Brass Founders' and Finishers' Society (GB 0152 AAR3006), Manchester Brass Founders', Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Association (GB 0152 AAR0583), Amalgamated Machine Engine and Iron Grinders' and Glazers' Society (GB 0152 AAR0522), Amalgamated Society of Metal Planers, Shapers, Slotters and Horizontal Borers (GB 0152 AAR0548), The United Machine Workers' Association (GB 0152 AAR0531), National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks (GB 0152 AAR1266), North of England Brass Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Society (GBR 0152 AAR534), United Operative Plumbers' and Domestic Engineers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland (GBR 0152 AAR0424), Philanthropic Society of Journeymen Millwrights (GBR 0152 AAR0547), Amalgamated Society of Vehicle Builders, Wheelwrights Carpenters and Mechanics (GB 0152 AAR0526), Steam Engine Makers' Society (GBR 0152 AAR0530), National Society of General Tool Makers, Engineers and Machinists (GBR 0152 AAR541), National Union of Vehicle Builders (GB 0152 AAR0341).
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The papers of many constituent and associated unions are located in the Modern Records Centre.