The Printers Collection launch party. View the gallery here
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Pressmen were amongst the first in the industry to organise into a trade union that only admitted those who had served an apprenticeship. The London Union of Pressmen (LUP) formed in 1834 and then split in 1875 when its secretary formed an alternative organisation referred to as the Amalgamation which was more trade union orientated than the LUP, which was a club controlling certain job vacancies. Relationships between the Amalgamation and the LUP were poor with the two refusing to recognise each other. In 1879 the Amalgamation changed its title to the Amalgamated Association of Pressmen. In 1891 the LUP joined the Amalgamated Association whose members in December 1925 voted to dissolve the Association and join the Printing Machine Branch of the NUPBMR&PW.
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There are a number of ways you can help to support us. You can donate online. You can join the Library as an individual member and get your union branch to affiliate. If you are a retired or working print worker and would like to volunteer to take groups around the Collection, you can apply here to join our panel of volunteers.
The Printers’ Collection was launched in February 2009 by Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of UNITE. To mark the opening a full-colour and richly illustrated 64-page brochure has been published. It is available here priced £5.
We are preparing an online book of memories of print workers. You may want to share with us your experience of being an apprentice, of your working life or activity as a trade unionist. If so, please write here and we will include all or parts of it in the forthcoming section.
Unite the union - graphical, paper and media section has kindly donated a substantial part of its collection of print ephemera, memorabilia and records in the Printers’ Collection. But some of our best and most surprising items have been donated by individuals or local union chapels and branches. If you have a print related item, which, you believe, would be of interest to others and you wish to donate it or simply loan it, to the Collection include a short description of it here.