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

Workers' Film Association


Reference code(s): GB 1924 WFA

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

Title: Workers' Film Association

Date(s): 1938-1947

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 11 volumes

Name of creator(s): Workers' Film Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

By the mid 1930s there was a general interest throughout the labour movement in film propaganda. A Joint Film Committee from the Labour Party, the TUC and the Co-operative Movement first met in January 1938. The Committee recommended the establishment of a joint film organization, to be known as the Workers' Film Association (WFA). Joseph Reeves was appointed Secretary-Organizer, and the organization seems to have started its operations in October 1938. At an early stage contacts were made with Labour organizations, and the WFA decided to assist the Labour Party with election propaganda. A free film service was to be provided to marginal constituencies, together with short films of the party leaders. The Association developed an extensive library and distribution service, films were produced, distributed and exhibited, and film equipment was sold. During World War Two, the activities of the Association continued, but were were seriously curtailed. In 1946 the Association merged with the Co-Operative Movement's National Film Service, to form the National Film Association.


Scope and content/abstract:

Financial records of the Workers' Film Association, 1938-1947, comprising: Purchases Journal/Day Books (outgoings), 1941-1946; Sales Journals, 1941-1946; Cash Books (Incomings and Outgoings), 1938-1947; Petty Cash summary, 1941-1946; Sundries Ledger, 1941-1946 (accounts with suppliers and creditors).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

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.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

List, copy at the National Register of Archives, Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were transferred to the TUC Library Collections in the University of North London by the TUC in January 1998.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Publication note:

The British Labour Movement and Film, 1918-1939 by Stepeh G Jones (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1987); Deadly Parallels: Film and the Left in Britain, 1929-1939 by Bert Hogenkamp (Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1896).



Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002

Film industry | Cinema
Film makers | Artists
Film making | Cinema
Workers education | Adult education | Educational systems

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Corporate names
Workers Film Association