Working Class Movement Library

One of my favourite archives is the Working Class Movement Library which holds a unique collection of material related to the lives of working class people and the labour movement. The library has a rich and varied collection of material consisting of books, pamphlets, archives, photographs, banners and posters which can help to provide useful information into working conditions in the past and help to create a picture of your ancestors’ lives.  Their Trade Union records are some of the earliest to survive and date from the 1820s.  Unfortunately the records are not indexed but if your ancestor was an active officer such as a Branch Secretary, they may appear in annual and quarterly reports or if they received sick pay or a pension they may also appear in the records.  The library is a registered charity and relies on donations.  Based in Salford, people are very welcome to make an appointment to visit the library and look through the records.

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