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The Union Makes Us Strong websiteAn invaluable new online resource, 'The Union Makes us Strong' tells the story of the labour movement over the last 200 years and includes replicas of original source documents. www.unionhistory.info/

The history of the Trades Union Congress. These three chapters were commissioned for the TUC's centenary in 1968:

  • 1868-1899: section explains the events which led to the establishment of the Trades Union Congress, working hours and conditions of the time and the victory of the 1899 dockers' strike.
  • 1900-1928: section includes the implications of the Taff Vale decision and the The Osborne Judgement, foundations of a welfare state, outbreak of the First World War, rise of the shop steward, impact of the Russian revolution and the 1926 general strike.
  • 1928-1938: section covers the first Labour government, the Mond-Turner talks, the growth of unions, and the Spanish civil war.

The TUC archives are held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library. The archive contains files from c1920 - 1990 comprising of correspondence, internal and external documents, minutes, reports, printed material and press statements.


Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary, is one of the contributors to the Bristol Great Reading Adventure 2014 book. This autumn 20,000 copies of the paperback, called Bristol and the First World War , are being distributed across the city by partners in the project for a mass reading...
21 October 2014
The event, in Dorset on July 18th, 19th and 20th, combines music with politics and is one of the highlights of the trade union calendar....
07 April 2014
The centenary is being marked with a special launch event near St Austell......
13 March 2013
Information and timings regarding volunteering at the Tolpuddle Festival 2013 along with an online application.
24 February 2013
On 16 August 1819 a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers, men, women and children, was attacked by armed cavalry resulting in 15 deaths and over 600 injuries. On the 193rd Anniversary of the massacre Manchester Trade Union Council are holding an evening of words and Music at the Radisson...
03 August 2012
Lord Murray of Epping Forest, the former TUC General Secretary has died at the age of 82. He led the TUC through the turbulent years from 1973 to 1984.
21 May 2004
The Modern Records Centre, located on the campus of the University of Warwick, provides access to a wide variety of unique material, which is made available in its supervised searchroom. The TUC Archive was first deposited in the late 1980s.
20 May 2004
A reception is being held at Congress House to mark the completion of a project which has seen much of the TUC's archive of labour history go online.
02 February 2004
TUC Library Collections is launching the second major phase of its unionhistory.info website today (Monday) – the full original manuscript of the novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.
16 June 2003
A new website The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online, will provide a showcase for the historic and unique archive held in the TUC Library Collections
06 March 2003

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