Reference number
  • APA
  • 1872-1981
  • Collection
  • Minutes, 1884-1966; General Secretary's out-letter books, 1877-1919 (incomplete); Annual Reports, 1872-1972; Monthly Reports, 1877-1981 (incomplete).
    Executive committee minutes, 1967-1984; rule books, 1982; staff guidelines, 1973 were deposited separately as MSS.411/AP in January 2000.
    Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades: Secretary's out-letter book, 1891-1903 (MSS.101/P/6/1).
  • 29 boxes (26 [MSS.101], 2 [MSS.411], 1 [1018])
Admin history
  • The United Patternmakers' Association was founded in 1872 in the north east of England and expanded rapidly by incorporating local societies in Glasgow, Leeds, London and elsewhere. The UPA was never a very large union. In response to technical changes which undermined its skilled craft base the UPA widened its scope and adopted the name Association of Patternmakers and Allied Craftsmen in 1969. In 1984 APAC transferred engagements to the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS), which in 1988 amalgamated with the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs to form the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union.

    Reference: W. Mosses, History of the United Pattern Makers Association, 1872-1922( 1922).
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
  • The records form part of the archive of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSS.101).
Finding aids
  • The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this 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.

    Authority records exist for the Association of Patternmakers and Allied Craftsmen (GB 0152 AAR0610), the United Patternmakers'Association (GB 0152 AAR0611) and the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades (GB 0152 AAR1377).
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Other records of the Manufacturing, Science, Finance union (MSS.411) are also held at the Centre.
  • Patternmakers Labor unions--Great Britain