Document ReferenceMS 591
TitleRecords of the Beeston branch of the National Union of Railwaymen, 1904-1984
Extent4 boxes
AbstractThe collection includes minutes, correspondence, and printed items relating to the branch, the union and railway procedures in general.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe National Union of Railwaymen was formed in 1913 by the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, General Railway Workers Union, and the United Pointsmen and Signalmens Union. In 1990, the National Union of Railwaymen joined with the National Union of Seamen to form the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

The Beeston branch of the National Union of Railwaymen succeeded the local branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of which the minutes date back to 1904. With the rationalisation of the railway in the 1960s leading to the closure of branch lines and the goods sidings at Beeston, the Beeston branch of the union closed and members transferred to Nottingham Midland branch.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in August 1990.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Minute books, 1904-1961 (MS 591/1).

Draft minute book, 1920-1924 (MS 591/2).

Letter book, 1918-1940 (MS 591/3).

Correspondence relating to accidents, 1941-1966 (MS 591/4).

File of correspondence concerning the proposed closure of the branch, December 1964-September 1966 (MS 591/5).

File on the closure of Beeston sidings, 1963-1966 (MS 591/6).

Other Correspondence, 1947-1984 (MS 591/7).

Printed items published by the branch, undated (MS 591/8).

Printed items published by the NUR, 1930-1975 (MS 591/9).

Printed items published by other bodies, 1967-1973 (MS 591/10).

The collection does not provide a complete record of the branch's business. There are gaps in all series described, and there are series absent that one might expect to appear in the archive of a trade union. The minute books provide an excellent source of general information about the activities of the branch at the time. The correspondence files reveal as much about the hazards of working on the railways as they do about procedures involved in processing member's grievances.
MgtGroupTrade Union and Trade Associations
ArrangementThe collection has been divided by document type into twelve series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.
TermRailroads - Employees
Transport workers - England - Beeston - Labour unions
Railroad accidents - England - Nottinghamshire
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in 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.
Related MaterialCollections relating to other branches of the union are recorded on The National Archives Discovery catalogue
University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre: records of the National Union of Railwaymen nationally, 1913-1994. References: MSS 127/NU, MSS 380

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA810National Union of Railwaymen; Beeston branch
NA810National Union of Railwaymen; Beeston branch
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