Document ReferenceMS 209
TitleRecords of the Ilkeston Lodge of the National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Ore Miners, Coke Workers and Kindred Trades, 1942-1953
Date Of Creation1942-1953
Extent10 items
AbstractThis collection includes a single minute book for the Ilkeston Lodge for 1942 to 1951 and six items of correspondence concerning lodge and union matters.
LevelFonds
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe Blastfurnacemen Union was started in Cleveland in the north of England in 1878 when the blastfurnacemen belonging to the Amalgamated Iron Steel Workers of Great Britain decided to begin their own union. Blastfurnacemen in other parts of the country established independent unions on a regional basis (Derbyshire had a local association by 1892) and the National Federation of Blastfurnacemen was created to give them a national voice. The Federation remained outside the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (established in 1917) preferring to unite its component parts in the National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Ore Miners, Coke Workers and Kindred Trades. In 1937, the Union had 13,620 Trades Union Congress members and 8,062 Labour Party members. As a result of a drop in membership, the Union amalgamated with the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation in 1985.

The Blastfurnacemen Union was divided into 'lodges', local branches based on the workplace unit. The dates of the formation and winding up of the Ilkeston Lodge have not been ascertained. The lodge meetings were held in a variety of clubs and public houses. The statements [invoices] in this collection are addressed to the National Union of Blastfurnacemen at the Stanton Ironworks in Ilkeston and it may have been here where many of the lodge's members were employed.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in July 1971.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Signed minute book, July 1942-December 1951 (MS 209/1).

Correspondence, June 1942-June 1953 (MS 209/2).

Boots Cash Chemists invoices, November 1953 (MS 209/3).

From this very incomplete archive, the minute book provides a good but brief documentary insight into the activities of the Ilkeston Lodge during the 1942 to 1951 period. The remaining material comprises chance documentary survivals.
MgtGroupTrade Union and Trade Associations
MgtSubGroupUnions
ArrangementThe collection has been divided by document type into three series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.
LanguageEnglish
TermIron and steel workers - Labour unions - England - Derbyshire
Iron industry and trade - England - Derbyshire
Metallurgical furnaces
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection and copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionGood
Related MaterialOther collections are listed on The National Archives Discovery catalogue
University of Wales; Swansea: Records of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation including records of the National Blastfurnacemen Union, 1919-1982. An on-line catalogue is available. Reference: SWCC

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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA646National Union of Blastfurnacemen Ore Miners Coke Workers and Kindred Trades
NA646National Union of Blastfurnacemen Ore Miners Coke Workers and Kindred Trades
Places
CodePlace name
PL28/Ilkeston/Derbyshire/England
PL28/Ilkeston/Derbyshire/England
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