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Modern Records Centre

Based at University of Warwick, Coventry, MRC holds collections including TUC archives, CBI archives, Transport & General Workers Union archives and British Association of Social Workers.

Brief History

The MRC was established in 1973 to collect the archives of the trade union movement and employers’ organisations. It now houses over 13kms of archives. It collects the papers of politicians and trade union leaders as well as academics involved with industrial relations issues. MRC also holds archives of campaigning groups, protest movements and archives for the history of social work, health, welfare and education.

Collections

  • TUC archives: This collection dates from c.1916 to c.1990 and contains many thousands of correspondence files and papers on a huge range of topics. Includes political, economic, international and social material.
  • CBI archives: includes archives of the predecessors to the CBI and covers all aspects of business, industry and economics from 1920 onwards.
  • Transport & General Workers Union archives: Extensive collection of predecessor unions (before 1922) and TGWU’s records from 1922 onwards.
  • British Association of Social Workers (BASW): Large collection on issues of welfare, health, disability and poverty 1930s -1980s.
  • British Trotskyist and radical political groups: and individuals (Hugo Dewar, Reg Groves, Henry Sara, Harry Wickes and others)
  • Other significant collections include: International Transport Workers Federation, Howard League for Penal Reform, papers of Richard Crossman, papers of Victor Gollancz.

Contact Details

The Library
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV7 4AL.

Tel : 024 7652 4219
Web : http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/

Opening Times

  • Mon-Tue 9am-5pm
  • Wed-Thurs 9am-7pm
  • Fri 9am-4pm

Transport

Nearest train station is Coventry. Buses and taxis available.

Access Details

Full disabled access