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BulletInformation Services at Congress House
[image] bulletLibrary Collections at London Metropolitan University
[image] bulletTUC Archive at the Modern Records Centre
[image] bulletTrade Union Information Group

TUC Information Services

The TUC information service provides an enquiry service to TUC staff . Due to demand the information service can only provide external enquirers with general information about the TUC and respond to quick reference queries on affiliated unions and labour relations issues. To contact the information service e-mail [email protected].

More detailed historical information is available from the TUC library collection and TUC archives.

TUC Library Collections

The Library is a major research resource for the study of all aspects of trade unions and people at work - in the past, present and future The emphasis is on Britain, but many other countries are represented, especially Europe and the Commonwealth.

The Library holds reference and historical works on the trade union movement, union publications from the UK and overseas, documents relating to working conditions and industrial relations in various industries, as well as materials collected from various campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved since its foundation in 1868.

The TUC Library Collections are held at the London Metropolitan University.  Please note from Monday 3rd October, the TUC Library Collections will be relocating to London Metropolitan University’s Old Castle Street Building. This is a considerable undertaking so please bear with the staff during this time. TUC Library staff will continue to provide an enquiry service but please be aware that during this period of transition it will take longer to deal with enquiries and there will be delays in consulting material. Both internal and external visitors will have to make appointments during this period, please understand that there will be delays in setting appointments.

To find out more contact:

The Librarian
The TUC Library Collections
London Metropolitan University
Tel: 020 7320 3516
Email: [email protected]
Or website

The Union Makes Us Strong

The Union Makes Us Strong website

Online resource telling the story of the labour movement over the last 200 years.

TUC Archive

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. Its archives relate principally, but not exclusively to industrial relations. They include the historical records of trade unions, employers' associations and a variety of political organisations and pressure groups.

The TUC Archive was first deposited in the late 1980s, compromising the contents of the TUC Registry from the Registry’s formation in the early 1920s to the end of 1960. Further deposits have since been made, bringing the Archive up to 2000, and the TUC will continue to make deposits in the future on a decade by decade basis.

The deposited files include correspondence (incoming, outgoing and internal), reports, minutes, agreements, background documentation and collected documents, including printed items. The collection records the growth and development of the TUC, its relationship with affiliated unions, government. The collection does not include official TUC publications, which are held at the TUC Archive Library at London Metropolitan University.

The archive is open to researchers without need for prior permission from the TUC. Warwick University website offers adetailed summary description of the material, as well as information about using the centre.

Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday, 9am to 5pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 7pm
Friday, 9am to 4pm
For more information, contact:
The Archivist
Modern Records Centre
University of Warwick Library
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Phone: 024 7652 4219
Fax: 024 7652 4211
Email: [email protected]

Trade Union Information Group

The Trade Union Information Group (TUIG) is a forum for trade union staff working within the area of research and information service delivery. The group meets regularly to exchange ideas and share best practice. For more information email [email protected] 

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