Introducing the archive of
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OLD AGE PENSIONS ASSOCIATIONS
(established February 1940), latterly known as
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF RETIREMENT PENSIONS ASSOCIATIONS
and by the name of its paper
Last issued February 2005.
The purpose of this website is to advertise the Federation’s Archive held at
PEOPLE’S HISTORY MUSEUM
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER Tel/Fax: 0161 838 9190
The Archivist welcomes enquiries.
The Museum opens Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Persons wishing to study the Archive are requested to give notice in advance .
This website is screened by
the nominal trustees of the Federation, by desire of the subsisting branches (c.40 pensioners clubs situate in England and South Wales). The Archive remains the property of the Federation under the terms of a bailment to National Museum of Labour History, which became People’s History Museum, agreed 6th January 1997.
The Archive consists of
Executive Committee Minutes from May 1946; Executive Committee Correspondence and Branch Circulars; Annual Conference Programmes and Accounts; Reports of Annual Conference; the monthly periodical The Old Age Pensioner from February 1940 to 1963, and Pensioners’ Voice from 1963 to February 2005; a complete set of the Annual publication (from 1952 to 1989) Your Pension; a collection of photographs of Officers and Federation Events; misc. press cuttings, Federation pamphlets, notes, old government publications about pensions, badges etc.
The Federation is keen to preserve from decay the remembrance of its doings.
Students of contemporary history are specially invited to examine the archive with a view to writing a dissertation about some aspect of the history of pensions in the UK.
Mr Ernest Melling (made MBE in 1966), the Federation's principal officer from the outset to the time of his death in 1970, wrote in a pamphlet of 1959 entitled Our Fight for Your Pension, “There is no doubt whatever that the paper [The Old Age Pensioner, later to become Pensioners’ Voice] has had much to do with the upward march of our Federation; and it is the best weapon for our fight. Filed away is a copy of every issue from the commencement of the paper; and its pages contained the full history of the Federation.
"It is the Editor’s desire [Mr Melling himself] that these copies shall eventually be sent to the British Museum Library [there was no thought of a People’s History Museum in those days!]; for some day in the future, somebody will wish to write the history of our times; and the fight for a decent pension will be part of that history."