Published: 25 May, 2012
by TOM FOOT
A HISTORIC archive will be staying at London Metropolitan University after union bosses agreed to help pay for its upkeep.
The Trades Union Congress Library Collections at the Holloway Road campus were going to be moved, sold off or shut six days a week from January next year.
The future of the TUC library – and the historic Women’s Library – was threatened under a university cost-saving review following government cuts to higher education funding.
Now, following talks with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), university bosses have come up with a joint-funding initiative.
The library is regarded as one of the most important collections of employment and trades union history in the world.
A campaign to save the Women’s Library – formerly the Fawcett Library – has attracted more than 11,000 signatures since the Tribune exclusively revealed in March that its future was uncertain.