Welcome

51dcXp46IiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_This is the website of ‘The Musicians’ Union: A Social History’ – an AHRC and ESRC funded research project based in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow.

The project began in April 2012 and has concluded with a month long exhibition at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow, a two day conference at the same venue on the theme of musical labour and a gig at St.Andrews in the Square.

A book, Players’ Work Time will be published by Manchester University Press in late Summer 2016 and the exhibition will visit Manchester and London.

The Research

Each of these draws on a range of sources including the Union’s own archives, housed at the University of Stirling, and interviews with significant figures in and around the Union stretching back to the 1940s.

We hope to reflect the manner in which the Union has played a significant part in the shaping of musical, cultural and political life in the UK throughout its history. To date this has been a largely unexplored narrative, often consigned to a footnote in other more general accounts, and it is our aim to address this neglect.

During the course of the project we have written and presented on various aspects of our work in a range of publications and at a number of national and international conferences.

The Website

These pages are intended to give a flavour of the work involved in unpacking and making sense of the archives of the Union and its predecessors, which date back to the formation of the Amalgamated Musicians’ Union (AMU) in 1893.

The site offers a mixture of stories from the Union’s archive, a detailed timeline of key events in its history and biographical details of its General Secretaries.

You can also use the site to find out more about us, or to join the Working in Music network, where researchers interested in similar matters can informally keep in touch.

We hope to see you somewhere along the way.

Professor Martin Cloonan
Dr. John Williamson