Chelmsford TUC

History

Our Historical Records

On 4 February 2008 Chelmsford TUC deposited all its material at the Essex Record Office. Also included was a wealth of local documents that have been accumulated by our Secretary, Malcolm Wallace. These embrace virtually every local labour and community campaign since 1970 and others that were passed to him by our former President, Sybil Olive.

CHELMSFORD TUC

  • Chelmsford TUC Account book 1954 -1977. Vice-Chair, Hazel Corby and Secretary Malcolm Wallace
  • Chelmsford TUC Rules and Standing Orders 1965, 1983, 1977, 1978 and the Model Rules, Trades Councils Guide, and Running a Trades Council.
  • Chelmsford TUC Annual Reports 1937-1938, 1946, 1947, 1954 - 2008.
  • Chelmsford TUC minutes of General Meetings 1956 - 2008
  • Handwritten minutes of Executive Committee and General Meetings of Chelmsford TUC 1970 -1972.
  • Handwritten minutes of Executive Committee and General Meetings of Chelmsford TUC 1974 -1979.
  • Handwritten minutes of Executive Committee and General Meetings of Chelmsford TUC 1980 -1984.
  • Handwritten minutes of Executive Committee and General Meetings of Chelmsford TUC 1984 - 1986.
  • Handwritten minutes of Executive Committee and General Meetings for Chelmsford TUC 1992 - 1997.
  • Chelmsford TUC EC minutes 1998 - 2008.
  • Chelmsford TUC AGM minutes 1998 - 2008.
  • Chelmsford TUC Statement of Accounts 1998 - 2005.
  • Chelmsford TUC Record of Attendance 1966 - 1974.
  • Chelmsford TUC Record of Attendance 1974 - 1983.
  • Chelmsford TUC May Day leaflets 1971 - 2008 and Day Conference.
  • Letter from I. Malenevsky Tashkent Museum, regarding Chelmsford TUC’s history and memories of his time in the UK during the 1920s.
  • Chelmsford Save the Jobs Campaign 1972.
  • Chelmsford TUC Cramphorn Legacy Campaign 1975.
  • Chelmsford TUC Anti-Common Market Campaign 1975 and pro Common Market leaflets.
  • Chelmsford TUC and Labour Party Joint Sub-Committee for Concessionary Bus Fares for Senior Citizens 1978 -1979. Correspondence and minute book.
  • Chelmsford Joint Liaison Committee (Trades Council, Labour Party, Communist Party) Minutes 1975 and 1976.
  • Chelmsford TUC Statement regarding controversial article in Essex Weekly News 1975.
  • Donors to Chelmsford TUC’s Banner Fund 1977, accounts and correspondence.
  • Mid Essex Campaign to Combat Racism Correspondence and Minutes 1977 - 1979. Initiated by Chelmsford TUC.
  • Chelmsford TUC campaign to establish an Unemployed Workers’ Centre and Unemployed Centre minutes 1982-1986.
  • Chelmsford TUC Abortion Campaign 1979.
  • Chelmsford TUC Campaign for Social and Economic Advance 1980.
  • Chelmsford TUC 80th Anniversary Dinner.
  • Chelmsford TUC Miners’ Support Group (1972 strike but mostly 1984 - 85 strike).
  • Letter from Irish Congress of Trade Unions (1972) thanking the Trades Council for its support of Peace, Employment and Construction Programme
  • Chelmsford Welfare Rights Campaign 1985.
  • Ambulance Workers’ Strike correspondence/leaflet and social 1989.
  • Leaflets and correspondence from Chelmsford TUC related to the Gulf War 1990.
  • Chelmsford TUC/Unison Campaign to save hospital beds at Broomfield Hospital 1999.
  • Chelmsford TUC Centenary dinner and centenary bench 1999.
  • Chelmsford TUC Searchlight newspaper December 1938, January February 1939.
  • Chelmsford TUC Newsletter November 1982 - October 1983.
  • Chelmsford TUC Newsletter 1987 - 1989.
  • Seamen’s Strike P&O Ferries Dover, appeal for help from Deal and District TUC and National Leaflet 1988.
  • Chelmsford Searchlight Autumn 1998 - December 2002.
  • Chelmsford TUC Health and Safety posters 2000, 2001.
  • Chelmsford TUC Join a Union Campaign Minutes of meetings and leaflet 1997-1998.
  • Labour Research magazine: article on Trades Councils and mentioning Chelmsford, May 2003.
  • National TUC leaflet promoting Trades Councils and featuring Chelmsford TUC.
  • Chelmsford TUC Workers’ Memorial Day leaflet 2000, Workers’ Memorial Day Service at the Cathedral 2007, and at the TUC Memorial Tree 2008.
  • Chelmsford TUC leaflet for schools 2002.
  • Chelmsford TUC LabourStart website awards and congratulations.
  • Profile of Chelmsford TUC Secretary’s R.Welch and M.Wallace.
  • Solidarity with Workers of Spain Conference Chelmsford TUC delegate, B. License 1976.
  • Award to Chelmsford TUC European Week for Safety and Health 2001.
  • Merseyside thank you letter for donation from Chelmsford TUC 1996 strike.

ESSEX COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF TRADES COUNCILS

  • Essex Federation of Trades Councils leaflet 1938 -1959,
  • Essex County Association of Trades Councils Minutes 1999 - 2008.
  • Technology Conference 1979 and 1980 meeting against public expenditure cuts.

GENERAL MATERIAL & CAMPAIGNS

  • Amalgamated Society of Engineers membership cards Chelmsford 1897, 1896.
  • Punish the Slum Owners – Labour Party national leaflet approx. 1909.
  • Cartoons of Chelmsford celebrities including A.R.P. Hickley, Sunday Graphic 1930.
  • Leaflets and photos relating to the TGWU 1/699 bus strike 1937 and the branch dinner with prominent activists signing the menu.
  • The Volunteer for Liberty International Brigades newspaper for Spain 1937.
  • Letter from National Unemployed Workers’ Movement to AEU Branch No.5 regarding a donation 1939.
  • Copy of a telegram from Hoffman Manufacturing Joint production Committee to Workpeople’s Re at Vickers – Road to Victory 1943.
  • Law and the Worker 1944.
  • Post War Chelmsford 1944.
  • Election material for Wing Commander Millington Chelmsford 1945.
  • AEU Centenary Rally 1951.
  • Chelmsford A12 By Pass Campaign 1973.
  • JUST First Report 1978 and Leaflet – Save Jobs and Services Essex County Council 1977.
  • Essex Chronicle NUJ strike and Trade Union Solidarity Fund and TU Solidarity Network 1989.
  • Chelmsford Ant-Nazi League 1979.
  • Chelmsford Committee for Peace in Vietnam 1966-1970.
  • Micro-chip Technology 1979.
  • NALGO Essex against the cuts Essex 1980.
  • Campaign for Economic Advance 1980.
  • Economic crisis and the Way Forward 1980.
  • Chelmsford Industrial Museum correspondence 1983.
  • GCHQ Protest leaflet 1988.
  • Teachers Action 1985.
  • Phillipine Support Group Meeting 1986.
  • Correspondence and material from Chelmsford USA Peace groups to S.Olive Chelmsford UK.
  • Chelmsford Anti-Apartheid Group 1985 -1987.
  • Chelmsford Against the Poll Tax Campaign leaflets 1988.
  • Health and Safety and Office Workers Defending the NHS.
  • Sisters of the Long March 1988.
  • Chelmsford Bus Strike TGWU 1/699 branch 1994-1995.
  • Material relating to PITCH later Tenants against privatisation. 2001.
  • Stop the Iraq War Campaign 2002-2003.
  • CND leaflets.
  • Cue Action – unemployed action group newsletters, correspondence 1992-1994.
  • Chelmsford TUC Public Meeting against the Criminal Justice Bill 1994.
  • Recruitment of office workers leaflet Chelmsford TUC 1960.
  • Chelmsford International Association 2004.
  • NHS Staff Focus featuring Unison Hospital Branch, Clean your hands 2008
  • Chelmsford Fairtrade Town Campaign. Inaugural meeting 2003, minutes of the Standing Committee 2003 - 2007 and related material.

BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND POETRY

  • Nothing to Lose... A World to Win, Chelmsford TUC History 1899 – 1979 Malcolm Wallace. Plus related material, accounts etc.
  • The Struggle Continues. Chelmsford TUC History from 1979 - 2000, Malcolm Wallace.
  • Single or Return, the history of the TSSA, Malcolm Wallace 1997.
  • CRAB Chelmsford Radical Bulletin. Correspondence and some copies of the magazine 1969 - 1971.
  • Revolt and Early Blossoms – two books of poems by A.R.P. Hickley (leading Labour/Communist/Councillor on Chelmsford Borough Council).
  • Chartism in East Anglia. Published by WEA.
  • Clarion Labour Party newspaper March 1948, January 1949, February 1947.

COMMUNIST PARTY

  • Letter from Soviet Ambassador to Chelmsford CP regarding Festival of Friendship 1941.
  • Chelmsford Anglo-Soviet Unity Committee signed by Jack and Sylvia Putterill 1941.
  • Concert for Mrs Churchill’s Aid for Russia Fund, Chelmsford 2nd Front Campaign 1942.
  • Correspondence relating to the death of prominent trade unionist, Trades Council delegate and communist Reg. Olive.
  • Daily Workers/Morning Star Bazaar leaflets 1962 - 1970s.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party leaflets for public meetings.
  • Young Communist League Postal Branch 1963-1965.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Financial Statement 1960 - 1964, 67, 71. 76 -80.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Annual General Meetings – Reports and Balance Sheets 1963, 1981-1990.
  • Communist Party papers East Anglia District Committee 1960 -1972.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Branch/Committee Meeting Minutes 1979-82.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Circulars 1964, 1970-71, 78, 1980-89. Also contains meetings of other progressive bodies in Chelmsford.
  • Chelmsford YCL Newsletter No.1 1985.
  • Report by J. Woddis to EC of Communist Party on Czechoslovakia 1968.
  • Chelmsford British Soviet Friendship Society Newsletters 1.2.3. 1984, 1985,1995.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Report on Literature 1969, 1970.
  • Chelmsford Communist Party branch Fighting Fund (two versions).
  • Chelmsford Communist Party Elections, 1967, 68, 69, 70, 71,72 73, 83.

CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT

  • Chelmsford Star - a co-operative history, Malcolm Wallace 1999.
  • New Horizons Chelmsford Star Co-op Education Committee members’/staff Newsletters 1972-1978.
  • Chelmsford Co-op Party Minutes, Annual Reports 1999 – 2008.
  • Chelmsford Co-op Party Conferences,
  • Co-op Organisations in Essex,
  • Formation and minutes of the South & West Essex Co-op Party.
  • Chelmsford Star Co-op Society Education Committee Minutes 1997 – 2002, the 1143rd meeting