Graphical version

Natural History Museum

Union Branch papers and correspondence


Reference code(s): GB 0060 DF 5011

Held at: Natural History Museum

Title: Union Branch papers and correspondence

Date(s): 1851-1975

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 67 series

Name of creator(s): Union Branch | Natural History Museum


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Natural History Museum Staff Association was inaugurated at a general meeting on 18 October 1918, with Mr Fagan, the Museum Secretary, as the first Chairman.The Association was open to all officers and assistants in the Museum, and was a grade group of the Society of Civil Servants. It was concerned with pay and conditions of its members, the status of the Museum, and organised regular scientific reunions and less formal tea parties. The Association was affiliated to the First Division Association in 1945, transferring its affiliation to the Institute of Professional Civil Servants in 1950, at which point it was renamed the British Museum (Natural History) Scientific Officers Association, following the name change of the assistant class.

The Museum's attendants set up the Natural History Museum Clerks Association in 1919, and became affiliated to the Civil Service Federation in 1920. In 1921 they became the Natural History Museum Branch of the Civil Service Clerical Association, and transferred to the Institute of Professional Civil Servants in 1946. In 1950 it was renamed the British Museum (Natural History) Experimental Officers Association, following the name change of the attendant class. The attendants had had a number of disputes with management before the formation of the branch, documented in the petitions and other papers in items 14-21.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative papers of the two union branches that represented the scientific staff of the Museum from 1918 until they merged as the Museum branch of the Institute of Professional Civil Servants, later the Institute for Professional and Managerial Staff. Also included are some earlier papers relating to the grievances of the attendant class between 1854 and 1914, and some papers of the Departmental Whitley Council.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in 67 series.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Whitley Council papers, 1937-1967 are held at DF1004/758. Further files relating to the petitions by attendants and assistants are held at DF106/37-38.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Entry copied from the Natural History Museum online catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Trade unions | Labour relations

Personal names

Corporate names
Natural History Museum