Tuesday, 19 October 2010

London Trades Council Records 1860-1974


2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the London Trades Council, the fore-runner of the Greater London Association of Trades Councils. The Trades Council coordinated organising activities across the capital and, before the formation of the TUC in 1868, was also the focus of many national campaigns. The early secretaries of the Trades Council, for example George Howell, George Odger and George Shipton, also played key roles in the leadership of the national trade union movement. They campaigned for the right of working people to vote, for legislation to improve working conditions, and always took an active interest in international affairs.

The records of the London Trades Council, now held in the TUC Library Collections at the London Metropolitan University, detail this vigorous activity and reflect the history of trade union activity in London over 100 years.

This archive is open to the public Monday-Friday 9.15-16.45. If you would like to visit, please phone or email us to make an appointment.

TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road Learning Centre,
236 Holloway Road, London N7 6PP . tel: 020 7133 3726 // email: tuclib@londonmet.ac.uk
TUC Collections web page www.londonmet.ac.uk/tuc
The Union Makes Us Strong : TUC History Online at www.unionhistory.info
Winning Equal Pay at www.unionhistory.info/equalpay
The Workers War: Home Front Recalled at www.unionhistory.info/workerswar

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