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BROADHURST, Henry (1840-1911)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1924 Broadhurst
Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University
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Full title: BROADHURST, Henry (1840-1911)
Date(s): 1872-1905
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Broadhurst | Henry | 1840-1911 | Trades Unionist and MP


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1840; educated at Littlemore Village School, Oxfordshire; worked in a blacksmith's shop, then as a stonemason until 1872; Secretary, Labour Representative League, 1875; Secretary, Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress, 1875-1890; MP for Stoke-on-Trent, 1880-1885, Bordesley, 1885-1886, Nottingham, 1886-1892, and Leicester, 1894-1906; Under-Secretary of State, Home Department, 1886; served on Royal Commissions, including Reformatory and Industrial Schools, Housing of the Working Classes, and the Condition of the Aged Poor; offered and refused Inspectorship of Factories and Workshops, 1882, and the Inspectorship of Canal Boats, 1884; JP and Alderman, County of Norfolk; Poor Law Guardian, Erpingham Union; member of Cromer Urban District Council; Chairman, Lifeboat Committee; founder of Tooting Common Club; founder of the Golf Links, Cromer and Sheringham, Norfolk; died 1911.
Publications: Henry Broadhurst, M.P: the story of his life from a stonemason's bench to the Treasury bench told by himself (Hutchinson & Co., London, 1901); Handy book on household enfranchisement (1885).


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises two manuscript volumes relating to Henry Broadhurst's life and work. Volume 1 contains minutes of the Advanced Liberal Association of the Borough of Greenwich 30 May 1874; Broadhurst's statement on collectivism; an address to the cooperative society on 'Old age pensions'; a draft letter ' to the editor of the Eastern Daily Press, 1891; a 'Life of Henry Broadhurst' including copies of several letters sent to Broadhurst (last dated 1905). Volume 2 contains minutes of the Gas Men's Defence Committee, 1872-1874, of which Broadhurst was Secretary, with two lists of subscribers, many of them women. There are also a number of loose papers in this volume relating to the Committee including minutes of a sub-committee, 1872-1874; accounts of relief granted; leaflets issued by the Committee; an expense sheet, 1873; subscriptions sheets; and cuttings regarding a gas stokers' case and the Master and Servants Act.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As indicated in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the TUC Librarian and subject to copyright conditions.

Finding aids:

Detailed List available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the University of North London with the TUC Collections.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (BLPES) holds correspondence, mainly to the Rt Hon Henry Broadhurst, MP, 1873-1910, from correspondents including the Rt Hon William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister; the Rt Hon Joseph Chamberlain, MP; the Rt Hon Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon-Harcourt, MP; John Duke, 1st Baron Coleridge; Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke; Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford; Francis Knollys, 1st Viscount Knollys; George H Croxden Powell; Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery; and Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire. The BLPES also holds a typescript of Broadhurst's autobiography (Ref: Coll Misc 0269); there is correspondence with him in the papers of Alfred George Gardiner (Ref: Gardiner/1/4), the Frederic Harrison papers (Ref: Harrison/1/22), and the papers of the Independent Labour Party (Ref: ILP/4/1894). The Bishopsgate Institute, London, holds letters to George Howell, MP, 1873-1886; The British Library, London, has correspondence with William Ewart Gladstone, 1878-1896 (Ref: Add MSS 44456-524); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains correspondence with John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, 1882-1883 (Ref: MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Janet Foster, and revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: Bellamy & Saville (eds): Dictionary of Labour Biography Vol II (1974) pp 62-68.

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:
March 2001

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