Working Class Movement Library

A blog from the Working Class Movement Library in Salford

What’s the collective noun for trade union emblems?

Posted by wcmlibrary on December 14, 2012

We certainly feel we have a cornucopia of them.  Recently arrived from Tenerife, the collection of Peter Carter has been divided between ourselves and the People’s History Museum, and our share arrived in the Library last week.

From the Railway Women’s Guild to the Hebdenite proudly surveying a marvellous piece of engineering (pictured), the organisations and individuals represented by this material are extensive, and we are delighted to offer it a home.  Nineteenth century trade unions certainly took their membership certificates seriously, and the visual imagery in these items is rich in detail.

Peter’s collection was many years in the assembling, and though we’re sure it was an enormous wrench for him to part with it we are enormously grateful to him for sending it to Salford/Manchester.



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