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“Let the Unions become engines for the working people to right their wrongs. Not benefit societies, or burial clubs. Let the Unions become civilian regiments to fight in the cause of the people”
Research Themes Supported
Hull History Centre holds the archival collections of a number of trade unions and local branches. Such collections can aid research into many areas including:
- Employment Disputes
- Female Unionism
- Hull Trades Council
- Engineering Unions
- Seamen’s Unions
- Teaching Unions
- Firemen’s Unions
- General and Municipal Workers Unions
- Builders’ Unions and Related Construction Unions
- Shipbuilding and Related Unions
- Working Class Activism
Typical Record Formats
Trade Union records commonly include minutes, correspondence, press cuttings, publications, advice leaflets, and some membership records.
The following collections have significant research potential in the area of trade union records:
The following PDF contains a list of HHC collections that may be useful to researchers interested in trade unions.
- Source Guide Trade Unions List of collections created by trade unions at HHC
Additional supporting material
The following material may also be useful when researching this area:
- Newspapers, which often contain reports of industrial disputes, strikes and make reference to union leaders and representatives.
- ‘Businesses’ guide, which contains material created by employers and may include references to industrial disputes from employers’ perspectives.