Spotlight on the nutrition and public health collections in the TUC Library


Ever since the library was founded in 1922, the TUC, Labour Party and wider trade union and labour movement have been interested in issues of health, diet, nutrition and living standards. As a result the TUC Library contains a wealth of material on these subjects from throughout the 20th century and up to the present.

From the various social reform movements of the 1920s and 30s that investigated poverty and working class health and diet, to the effects of rationing and food control during World War II, to contemporary debates about school meals and childhood obesity, the library has material related to all these subjects.

You can see a small selection of our nutrition collections on our Pinterest ‘Nutrition’ board here:

The library not only holds material on nutrition as a general subject, but also the publications of the various trade unions that represent workers in the food and health industry. From the British Dietetics Association, to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, to nurses and health visitors in the public sector union UNISON, the TUC library holds all their publications  Рsuch as annual reports, conference proceedings, their union journal or magazine, etc.

The library also has collections relating to more specific subjects, such as food safety and hygiene, industrial canteens, civic restaurants and communal feeding, exposure to chemicals and health and safety at work, the effects of poverty and deprivation.

To find out more about what the library contains, or to arrange an appointment to visit, get in touch at, 020 7133 3726 or visit our website.


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