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Blacksmiths' union

Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers Society

A brief timeline
Blacksmith at Work by RM Kay

Blacksmith at Work by RM Kay

1845 - Associated Society of Blacksmiths formed. It had the alternative name of Associated Blacksmiths of Scotland.

1910 -  changed name to the Associated Blacksmiths and Ironworkers Society.

1912 - Blacksmiths' Union joined

1914 - National United Society of Smiths and Hammermen joined.

1920s - changed name to the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers Society.

1963 - amalgamated with the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers and later the GMB.

For information about blacksmiths' working lives and records for family history, click here.


Blacksmiths' union archives in our collection

Associated Blacksmiths', Forge and Smithy Workers' Society (TU/BLACK)

  • Annual reports 1920-1950 (not complete)
  • Executive Council, trade union and health insurance minute books 1911-1960 (not complete)
  • Circulars 1919-1926

Resources about Blacksmiths' unions in the Library

Angela Tuckett, The blacksmith's history: what smithy workers gave trade unionism (1974) - Shelfmark: B30

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Resources held by the Modern Records Centre

Other records are held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:
Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society (MSS.192/AB)

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