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National Union of Press Telegraphists

The National Union of Press Telegraphists was founded in August 1909. It merged with the National Graphical Association in June 1965.


The NUPT had the following branches: Aberdeen (formerly Dundee; covered the Scottish Highlands), Belfast (covered Northern Ireland), Birmingham (covered the West Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough), Bristol (covered the South-West, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), Darlington (also covered Middlesbrough), Dublin (covered the South of Ireland), East Anglia, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds (covered Yorkshire, except Sheffield and Middlesbrough, and Lincolnshire), Liverpool, London, Manchester (covered Lancashire, except Liverpool), Newcastle (covered Tyneside, Wearside and Cumbria), Nottingham (covered Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire), Sheffield, and South Wales (formerly Cardiff).

Unemployed members, etc

The Modern Records Centre holds a complete run of The Press Telegraphist (MSS.39/PT/4/1/1-9) from its foundation in April 1924. The union's journal, this appeared irregularly, usually every 3-6 months. It listed the names and addresses of unemployed members until October 1939.

The first few issues (until September 1925) also listed members who were moving from one employer to another. Obituaries of more prominent members also appeared in the journal.

Membership register

A register of all existing members (MSS.39/PT/7/1/1) was compiled for the NGA on amalgamation in 1965. This lists members and their employers by branch, but does not include the London Branch.