As the 1926 General Strike got a mention in yesterday’s Guardian in an article about the relationship between the dispute and political impartiality at the BBC, we thought it might be of interest to highlight what is in the General Strike archive at the TUC Library Collections.
The events of nine days in May 1926 remain the only time the UK has experienced a “general strike” involving various unions from across many different trades and industries. The General Strike archive contains hundreds of items collected by staff at the TUC Library in 1926. The Library had only been founded in 1922, so the archive not only documents one of the most important events in the TUC’s history but it is one of the first such events to be so richly documented. The archive contains correspondence, telegrams, reports and photographs produced by the TUC nationally and also material relating to how the strike proceeded in local geographical areas. The archive also contains national newspaper coverage of the strike and the propaganda newspapers produced by the TUC (The British Worker) and the British Government (The British Gazette), and foreign press and newspaper coverage of the strike.
A selection of the archive has been digitised and is available to view on our history website here: http://www.unionhistory.info/generalstrike/index.php