British Union History

The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick announced the milestone of 100,000 pages of trade union journals digitised and made available online for free.

  • Agricultural workers (The Labourer, 1915-18, and The Land Worker, 1915-1950)
  • Railway workers (Railway Review, 1880-1892, 1907-1920, The Railway Express, 1890-1892; Railway Herald, 1896-1901, and The Railway Clerk, 1904, 1908-1918)
  • Merchant seamen (The Seaman, 1908, 1912-1946, and The International Seafarer, 1923-1930)
  • Travelling sales reps (On The Road, 1883-1920)
  • Postal workers (Postman’s Gazette, 1895-1918, and The Postal Mentor, 1902)
  • Local government employees (The Municipal Officer, 1911-20, and Public Employees Journal, 1929-1936)
  • Dockers (The Dockers Record, 1901-1914)
  • Boot and shoemakers (Monthly Reports, 1877-1886)
  • Asylum workers (NAWU Magazine, 1912-1929, and The Asylum News, 1906)
  • Printers (The Printer, 1843-1845, and Typographical Circular, 1874-1879)
  • Health service employees (Health Services Journal, 1946-1950)
  • Poor Law officials (Poor Law Gazette, 1923-1930)
  • Clerical staff (The Clerk, 1908-1912, 1916-1931, 1938-1939)
  • Scottish building and monumental workers (The Building and Monumental Workers’ Trade Journal, 1924-1935, 1939-1941)
  • Warehouse workers and co-op employees (New Dawn, 1921-1922, 1924-1928)
  • Foundry workers (Monthly Report and Journal, 1920-1923)
  • Clothiers (Clothiers Operatives’ Monthly Gazette, 1898-1900)
  • Transport and general workers (The Record, 1921-1931)
  • Engineering and shipbuilding draughtsmen (The Draughtsman, 1918-1920)
  • The Labour Prophet (1892-1897)
  • Firefighter (1932-2001)
  • local labour publications for York (1904-1906), Carlisle (1908-1910) and the Clyde (1916).

It’s page images that are available, they are not full text searchable. It’s worth a browse if you know someone of interest was associated with one of the trades covered.

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/archives_online/digital/unionjournals/

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