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TUC Library Collections

Brief History

The TUC Library Collections, established as a joint library for the Trades Union Congress and Labour Party in 1922, are a major research resource for the study of all aspects of trade unions, lifelong learning and people at work. The Library moved to the London Metropolitan University in 1996 and continues to add archival material as well as expanding its resources on current collective bargaining issues. Since 2004, four history websites have been created and are accessible from here.


  • TUC Library : mainly printed material collected by the TUC since the 1860s to the current day, it includes British and overseas trade union publications and papers from the various campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved
  • Workers’ Educational Association Archive: official record series from 1903 onwards, including committee minutes, conference reports, journals, pamphlets and district reports – important for any study of adult and continuing education in the 20th century
  • Labour Research Department Archive : minutes, documents and publications relating to union and political research activities and membership enquiries since the LRD foundation in 1912.
  • Gertrude Tuckwell Collection: press cuttings, pamphlets, personal and collected papers mainly covering her work with the Women’s Trade Union League 1890-1921. Subjects cover issues relating to women’s political and employment rights, including anti-sweating and suffrage campaigns, union organisation, health and safety, and issues relating to women and WW1.
  • Marjorie Nicholson Papers: press cuttings, personal and collected papers relating to post-WW2 TUC international policy, particularly in relation to the Commonwealth. Marjorie Nicholson worked in the TUC International Department 1955-1972.
  • London Trades Council records: minutes, reports, press cuttings etc 1860-1971
  • There are a number of smaller collections – information available from the Librarian

Contact Details

Special Collections London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston St
E1 7TP.

Tel : 020 7320 3511
Web :
Link for OPAC :

Opening Times

Contact for opening hours.


Free admission. Appointment necessary.


The Special Collections Reading Room including TUC Library Collections is located at our Aldgate Complex and accessible via the Goulston Street or the Calcutta House entrances to the University. Near Aldgate and Aldgate East.

Access Details

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