Reference number
  • BSM
Date
  • 1861-1897
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • Minutes, 1861-95; rules.
Extent
  • 3 boxes
Admin history
  • The General Tramping Union of Tin-Plate Workers (the 'Tramping' part of the name was not often used after the first few years of existence) was established in 1861 as a co-ordinating body for the various local tin-plate workers' societies in the North of England. Many of them affiliated, although gradually the union's position was displaced by the National Amalgamated Association of Tin-Plate Workers of Great Britain, which was formed in 1889. The union became the General Union of Braziers and Sheet Metal Workers in 1892.

    Reference: Ted Brake, Men of Good Character: A history of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers( Lawrence and Wishart: London, 1985).
Appraisal
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Arrangement
  • The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101) and within that are a constitutent of the archive of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM).
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.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The records of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers and many of its other predecessors are also held at the Modern Records Centre (MSS.101/SM). Specifically, there are further records of the General Union (MSS.101/SM/GU).
Subject
  • Metal-workers Labor unions England