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Unions Collection

"Unions: A Historical Tapestry of Solidarity and Progress" In this captivating image, we are transported back to the year 1889

Background imageUnions Collection: National Union, Gas worker and General Labourers, 1889 (colour litho)

National Union, Gas worker and General Labourers, 1889 (colour litho)
XCF272232 National Union, Gas worker and General Labourers, 1889 (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageUnions Collection: Market Hill and former workhouse, Maldon

Market Hill and former workhouse, Maldon
A view of Market Hill, Maldon, Essex. The large building at the left is the Maldon Unions former workhouse. Date: circa 1900

Background imageUnions Collection: Gathering of Unions / 1832

Gathering of Unions / 1832
THE GATHERING OF THE UNIONS Three meetings organised by the Birmingham Political Union, held at New Hall Hill during May, maintain the pressure for electoral reform

Background imageUnions Collection: Yorkshire N. U. M. leaders

Yorkshire N. U. M. leaders
Leaders of the Yorkshire National Union of Mineworkers, including Arthur Scargill, support a demonstration calling for early retirement for all their members

Background imageUnions Collection: North Surrey District School, Anerley, Upper Norwood, Surrey

North Surrey District School, Anerley, Upper Norwood, Surrey
The North Surrey District School at Anerley, Upper Norwood, with the Crystal Palace visible behind. The school was opened in 1850 to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageUnions Collection: Langho Colony, Ribblesdale, Lancashire

Langho Colony, Ribblesdale, Lancashire
Aerial view of the Langho Colony set up in 1906 by the Chorlton and Manchester Unions for the treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy

Background imageUnions Collection: Booth Hall Infirmary, Manchester

Booth Hall Infirmary, Manchester
Aerial view of Booth Hall Infirmary, Charlestown Road, Blackley, Manchester. Booth Hall was built in 1908 as an infirmary for the Prestwich Union but

Background imageUnions Collection: Main building, Wigmore Schools, West Midlands

Main building, Wigmore Schools, West Midlands
General view of the main building of the Walsall and West Bromwich District School on Pennyhill Lane, Wigmore. The school opened in 1870 to house workhouse children from the two unions

Background imageUnions Collection: Entrance to Ashford Residential School, Surrey

Entrance to Ashford Residential School, Surrey
Located on Woodthorpe Road, at Ashford, near Staines, Surrey, and opened in 1872 as the West London District School, it provided accommodation away from the workhouse for pauper children from

Background imageUnions Collection: Shotton Works Demo C1972

Shotton Works Demo C1972
Demonstration by Shotton steel workers against the closure of their factory

Background imageUnions Collection: General Robert Lee and his staff, Gettysburg, PA (colour litho)

General Robert Lee and his staff, Gettysburg, PA (colour litho)
3095844 General Robert Lee and his staff, Gettysburg, PA (colour litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: General Robert Lee and his staff, Gettysburg, PA)

Background imageUnions Collection: Miner at the pithead at the Darlington Colliery. PM 81-03527-003

Miner at the pithead at the Darlington Colliery. PM 81-03527-003

Background imageUnions Collection: Police guarding Liverpool Station during transport strike

Police guarding Liverpool Station during transport strike
Policemen on horseback guarding Liverpool Station during the general transport strike of 1911. The strike began with two of the seamens unions, resulting from a range of grievances

Background imageUnions Collection: Workers - May Day 1936

Workers - May Day 1936
Workers organisations May Day celebrations in Hyde Park - London

Background imageUnions Collection: The Transport and General Workers Union Convalescent Home, Littleport

The Transport and General Workers Union Convalescent Home, Littleport, East Cambridgeshire, within the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England Date: circa 1920s

Background imageUnions Collection: An Allegory of Social Strife, by Archibald Ziegler

An Allegory of Social Strife, by Archibald Ziegler
An Allegory of Social Strife, a painting by Archibald Ziegler. A reflection on postwar mass unemployment and social unrest, recalling the 1926 General Strike. late 1920s

Background imageUnions Collection: Norman Willis, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress with Neil Kinnock

Norman Willis, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress with Neil Kinnock, Labour Leader, TUC Conference, Bournemouth, Tuesday 6th September 1988

Background imageUnions Collection: TGWU Union leader Barney Ward, pictures at Middlesbrough Dock, 11th May 1971

TGWU Union leader Barney Ward, pictures at Middlesbrough Dock, 11th May 1971

Background imageUnions Collection: Former Transport and General Workers Union district secretary Mr Barney Ward has been

Former Transport and General Workers Union district secretary Mr Barney Ward has been presented with the unions highest honour, a gold medal, from the general executive council

Background imageUnions Collection: A petition signed by staff of Avana Bakery, Cardiff, is going to be presented to their

A petition signed by staff of Avana Bakery, Cardiff, is going to be presented to their local MP Mr James Callaghan, against proposed takeover of the firm

Background imageUnions Collection: Colonel John Ward MP - trade unionist

Colonel John Ward MP - trade unionist

Background imageUnions Collection: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, set of 24 postcards

Harland and Wolff, Belfast, set of 24 postcards
Harland and Wolff, Belfast, 24 of a collection of 31 postcards from shop stewards of different unions relating to the shipyard from September 1911. Date: 1910s

Background imageUnions Collection: Front cover, The British Gazette, General Strike, 1926

Front cover, The British Gazette, General Strike, 1926
Upper part of front cover, The Briitish Gazette, covering the General Strike, 8 May 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageUnions Collection: Karl Marx at IWMA meeting, London

Karl Marx at IWMA meeting, London
Reproduction of a painting by O.G. Verejski entitled Marx at the IWMA Meeting. Karl Marx was attending, but not speaking at, a meeting of the IWMA (International Working Men's Association)

Background imageUnions Collection: NUS President Trevor Phillips and campaigners

NUS President Trevor Phillips and campaigners
NUS President Trevor Phillips (left, b. 1953, later a writer and broadcaster) and campaigning students from the London Boroughs of Harrow and Kingston, outside the Education Department in Waterloo

Background imageUnions Collection: NUS President Charles Clarke and three colleagues

NUS President Charles Clarke and three colleagues
NUS President Charles Clarke (standing, b.1950, later a Labour MP and Cabinet Minister)) with NUS executive colleagues, from left to right, Alastair Stewart (b)

Background imageUnions Collection: NUS President Charles Clarke with two students

NUS President Charles Clarke with two students
NUS (National Union of Students) President Charles Clarke (b.1950, later a Labour MP and Cabinet Minister) with two students, Clare Weber and Paul Butler

Background imageUnions Collection: Children demonstrating to save school playing fields

Children demonstrating to save school playing fields
Children demonstrating to save their school playing fields, Havering, Essex. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageUnions Collection: Employment protest, Liverpool

Employment protest, Liverpool
Employment protest in Liverpool, 17 March 1979. Those taking part include Dunlop workers, Tate & Lyle workers, and members of the National Union of Seamen. Date: 1979

Background imageUnions Collection: British Leyland workers protesting, London

British Leyland workers protesting, London
British Leyland workers protesting during a strike, and taking part in a demonstration in London which included a march to the House of Commons

Background imageUnions Collection: Official picket line outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable

Official picket line outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable
Official picket line with placards outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageUnions Collection: GEC workers campaigning, GEC Headquarters, London

GEC workers campaigning, GEC Headquarters, London
GEC workers campaigning outside the GEC Headquarters in London during a lockout from the Keith Blackman works at Tottenham, 18 March 1970. Date: 1970

Background imageUnions Collection: Members of NUTGW campaigning

Members of NUTGW campaigning
Members of NUTGW (National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers), NATSOPA (National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants)

Background imageUnions Collection: Members of DATA campaigning, Tothill Street, London

Members of DATA campaigning, Tothill Street, London
Members of DATA (Draughtsmen's and Allied Technicians Association) from Rolls Royce, Coventry, campaigning in Tothill Street, London, 21 August 1970

Background imageUnions Collection: Spanish Civil War Advertizing For The Subscription

Spanish Civil War Advertizing For The Subscription
spanish, civil, war, advertizing, for, the, subscription, of, newspaper, el, magisterio, espanol, propaganda, poster, by, republicans, spain, salamanca, archivo, historico, nacional, trade, union

Background imageUnions Collection: Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). No envieu els

Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). No envieu els vostres productes al mercat lliure. Veneu-los a traves dels sindicats agricoles (Don't send you produces to the free market)

Background imageUnions Collection: Peoples March for Jobs 1983

Peoples March for Jobs 1983
The Peoples March for Jobs, organised by the Trades Union Congress, reaches London in early June 1983. It had set off from Glasgow on 23 April Date: 3 June 1983

Background imageUnions Collection: Scottish miners demonstration

Scottish miners demonstration
Scottish miners, their wives and children on a demonstration during the 1984-85 miners strike Date: 1984

Background imageUnions Collection: Supporting Miners strike 1984

Supporting Miners strike 1984
Speakers in support of the Mineworkers strike of 1984, in front of a banner of the Cortonwood branch of the National Union of Mineworkers

Background imageUnions Collection: Miners ballot October 1982

Miners ballot October 1982
A group of Yorkshire miners support the motion to strike over pay and pit closures in October 1982. They were in the minority as 61% of miners nationally voted against. and strike action was avoided

Background imageUnions Collection: The Battle of Saltley Gate

The Battle of Saltley Gate
At Saltley Coke Depot, Birmingham, police struggle to hold back pickets who had gathered to force the closure of the Depot

Background imageUnions Collection: Jimmy Reid, Scottish trade unionist, journalist, etc

Jimmy Reid, Scottish trade unionist, journalist, etc
James "Jimmy" Reid (1932-2010), Scottish trade union activist, orator, politician and journalist. Seen here (centre) taking part in a street demonstration

Background imageUnions Collection: Len Murray Lionel Baron Epping Forest 1922 2004

Len Murray Lionel Baron Epping Forest 1922 2004
len, murray, lionel, baron, epping, forest, 1922, 2004, british, labour, socialist, socialism, politics, political, politician, trade, union, leader, tuc, trades, congress, display, campaign

Background imageUnions Collection: Ugt Armoured Lorry San Sebastian Spanish Civil

Ugt Armoured Lorry San Sebastian Spanish Civil
ugt, armoured, lorry, san, sebastian, spanish, civil, war, iln, import, 21, dec, 07, 1936, photograph, showing, union, general, de, trabajadores, unidos, hermanos, proletarios, uhp, pictured

Background imageUnions Collection: Joseph Kennedy, Chairman of U. S. Maritime Commission, before Congressional Committee

Joseph Kennedy, Chairman of U. S. Maritime Commission, before Congressional Committee, Washington DC, 1937 (b/w photo)
3964303 Joseph Kennedy, Chairman of U.S. Maritime Commission, before Congressional Committee, Washington DC, 1937 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageUnions Collection: Last weeks violent and bloody general strike, an episode in the struggle between... (colour litho)

Last weeks violent and bloody general strike, an episode in the struggle between... (colour litho)
2815658 Last weeks violent and bloody general strike, an episode in the struggle between... (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageUnions Collection: Statue of Hermaphroditus, Greek god of unions, androgyny, marriage, sexuality, prone on a bed

Statue of Hermaphroditus, Greek god of unions, androgyny, marriage, sexuality, prone on a bed
5323798 Statue of Hermaphroditus, Greek god of unions, androgyny, marriage, sexuality, prone on a bed by David, Francois-Anne (1741-1824); (add.info.: Statue of Hermaphroditus, Greek god of unions)



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"Unions: A Historical Tapestry of Solidarity and Progress" In this captivating image, we are transported back to the year 1889, where a vibrant scene unfolds before our eyes. The colour lithograph showcases members of the National Union, specifically gas workers and general labourers, as they gather together in unity. Their determination is palpable as they fight for fair wages and improved working conditions. Moving forward in time, we find ourselves at Market Hill and the former workhouse in Maldon. This location serves as a reminder of how they have played a pivotal role in advocating for social justice throughout history. From the gathering in 1832 to their presence at North Surrey District School in Upper Norwood, Surrey - these institutions stand testament to the power of collective action. As we delve further into this narrative, we encounter Langho Colony nestled within Ribblesdale, Lancashire. Here lies an embodiment of solidarity through shared resources and communal living arrangements – a testament to how they are foster not only economic equality but also create supportive communities. The historical significance continues with General Robert Lee and his staff depicted vividly amidst Gettysburg's landscape. This striking colour lithograph reminds us that even during times of conflict like the Civil War era, they were instrumental in protecting workers' rights amid chaos. Shifting gears geographically brings us to Wigmore Schools' main building located within West Midlands. This educational institution stands tall as a symbol of union-backed efforts towards providing quality education for all. Further south lies Ashford Residential School's entrance situated amidst picturesque surroundings in Surrey. It represents yet another facet where they have championed equal opportunities by ensuring access to education regardless of socio-economic backgrounds. Fast-forwarding several decades brings us closer to home with Shotton Works Demo C1972 – an iconic moment when workers united against injustice on their own doorstep.