The Musicians' Union: A Social History

The website for ‘The Musicians’ Union: A Social History’ features a timeline of the Union and biographies of the general secretaries.

Biography of John Morton, general secretary of the Musicians' Union from 1971 to 1990
Biography of John Morton, general secretary of the Musicians' Union from 1971 to 1990

Drawing on a range of sources including the Union's own archives, housed at the University of Stirling, and interviews with participants, the project reflects 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 the project's aim was to redress this balance with a number of publications (including at least one book), various conference papers as well as a conference and exhibition held in Glasgow in 2016. 

The website features a series of stories from throughout the history of the Union, a timeline of notable events from the formation of the Amalgamated Musicians’ Union (AMU), the forerunner of the Musicians’ Union, in 1893, to the present day, and biographies of the eight men who have held the post of General Secretary of the Union since the formation of the AMU in 1893.

Project website: https://www.muhistory.com/


Main contact: Martin Cloonan

Start year: 2012

End year: 2016

Funded by: AHRCESRC

Subject area: Music

Keyword: History

Record last updated 2020-01-29