Reference number
  • BSS
  • 1886-1918
  • Collection
  • Rules, 1887-1917; signed executive council minutes, 1886-1890; list of subjects for discussion at the annual conference of delegates, 1890; records concerning the [Welsh] Tinplate Trade Conciliation Board and other operational matters, 1891-1916; printed monthly and other reports, 1886-1918, including executive council minutes and financial statements; leaflets, handbills, circulars and other printed matter, 1895-1917; “Press Cuttings Relating to Mr John Hodge and Political Movements”, 1916-1917.
  • 8 boxes
Admin history
  • This union was founded as the British Steel Smelters' Amalgamated Association on 8 January 1886 following a strike at David Colville and Sons' Motherwell works in 1885. At its first delegate conference in 1888 it had six branches in Scotland, eight in England and six in Wales. By 1891 it was established in five additional districts in Glasgow, Darlington, Preston, Sheffield and Swansea. In 1917 its members were transferred to the British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association, which in turn affiliated to the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Records of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation/British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association (including some inherited from British Steel Smelters, Mill, Iron, Tinplate and Kindred Trades Association)