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Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

National Institute of House Workers


IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference code(s): GB 1924 HD 6072

Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Title: National Institute of House Workers

Date(s): 1948-1965

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): National Institute of House Workers

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history:

During the Second World War, a governmental committee, chaired by Violet Markham was set up to examine the implications of the severe shortage of domestic help, particularly where professional women were carrying a 'double burden.' Shortly after the war, Markham established the National Institute of House Workers to promote domestic service as a skilled craft. (Lewis 1984)

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract:

'The National Institute of Houseworkers was set up in 1946 with the primary aim of raising the status of domestic employment. thus attracting more workers into this essential occupation, and establishing, by means of training and by examination of those already possessing the necessary qualifications, a recognised standard of skill for employment under agreed working conditions.' Introduction to The Houseworker - The Journal of The Institute of Houseworkers, March 1951. Address of headquarters 53, Mount Street, London. Collection includes: copies of the journal The Houseworker 1948-1956; Annual Reports 1949-1965 and Conference Reports 1954-1955. Copy of 'A Training Scheme for Houseworkers' not dated.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by appointment, at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted within the terms of copyright legislation, although copying of some items including fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

Finding aids:

A card index is available in the Library.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited with the TUC at an unknown date.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material:

The National Archives holds Ministry of Labour Records LAB 70 contains the papers of the National Institute of Houseworkers 1945 to 1977.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 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: Live Jan 2010


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Domestic workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Training courses | Training methods
Women | Sex | Sex distribution
Women workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People

Personal names
Elliott | Dorothy Mary | 1897-1980 | feminist and trade unionist

Corporate names
National Federation of Women Workers

Places