Marx Memorial Library celebrated the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth with a jam-packed international conference. The event - examining the relevance of Marxism today - took place at London University's SOAS. Over 300 attended to hear speakers from Cuba, South Africa, India, Germany, China and many from the UK. Sessions on gender and race, on the role of the state, on nationalism, on artificial intelligence and on the environment examined how Marxism can be applied to present day conditions. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell brought the event to a climactic end, highlighting the new wave of interest in Marxism which had followed the 2007-8 financial crash. Sponsors of the event included the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, Unison, the Indian Workers' Association the Ken Sprague Fund and SOAS.

Marx Memorial Library Privacy Policy                                                May 2018


The Marx Memorial Library (MML) is a library, archive and education charity dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding of Marxism and the history of socialism and the working class movement. We are committed to handling the personal data of our users, members and supporters with care and respect and in compliance with current legislation. In particular we do not pass information to third parties for marketing or trading purposes. This privacy policy gives further details on how we gather, store, access and use personal data.


The Marx Memorial Library collects data on members when they join the MML, on those who register for courses, classes, lectures and events, who donate funds and who purchase goods from us through our website.

We also collect data of those who sign up to our fortnightly e-newsletter, either when they complete one of the aforementioned transactions, when they sign a form at the MML, or complete an online form regarding e-newsletter subscription on our website.

The data we collect includes name, contact details and some basic demographic data - gender and date of birth - in addition to information about the individual’s transaction with the MML.


Members’ data is collected through legitimate interest in the work of the MML. Information on financial transactions -  registration on courses, donations the purchasing of merchandise -  is collected for accounting purposes.

Members and those who subscribe to our newsletter receive a fortnightly e-newsletter and occasional notices on our education programme, events, exhibitions, fundraising appeals and MML merchandise.

Members are also sent information on events specific to their membership including on arrangements for the Annual General Meeting and reminders regarding the renewal of their membership.

Data on individual subscribers to our e-newsletter is collected with clear consent about the future use of their data.



The data we collect is stored securely on our CiviCRM database system hosted by Leftspace.

Members’ data is passed to Liverpool University Press for the sole purpose of enabling the distribution our annual Journal Theory & Struggle. A link to their policy regarding MML member data can be found here.

All other data will not be shared with any other organisation. Members’ data will be stored until they have cancelled their membership, or a year after their membership has lapsed. Consent from newsletter subscribers will be sought every three years. An ‘unsubscribe’ option will be included in all communications.

Data on individuals and their financial transactions with the MML will be kept for six years.


If you believe that the Marx Memorial Library holds information on you have a right to ask for confirmation on whether we are processing your personal data and/or a copy of your personal data. You are only entitled to information about your personal data and not information about other people unless you are acting on somebody else's behalf with their expressed written consent

You have the right to edit or amend the data that we hold, and to ask that your data be deleted and removed from MML records.



Email requests should be sent to our data controller, Meirian Jump at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.


May Day May Day… … Open Day…at the Marx Memorial Library. May 1st is International Workers’ Day, and the Marx Memorial Library will celebrate, along with the crowds gathering outside for the annual May Day march to Trafalgar Square. May Day in Britain used to signify the renewal of life as winter turned to spring, likewise the Labour movement honours its origins. A renowned archive of Socialist scholarship and literature the MML will open its doors to the public, offering free short tours of its historic building in the heart of radical Clerkenwell. Visitors can see the room where Vladimir Lenin worked in exile 1902-3, editing the Russian newspaper ISKRA before his pint at the Crown pub opposite. There is an abundance of other socialist and trade union history, including displays of NUM plates, and the International Brigade’s British Battalion banner. An exhibition on the Tolpuddle Martyrs will be held in the Reading Room, describing the wave of anger that swept across the country following their convictions, and how their story has inspired workers’ struggles ever since. The exhibition showcases a unique collection of contemporary newspapers held at the Library, now available on line thanks to sponsorship by the British and Australian trade union movements. Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager at the Marx Memorial Library says, ‘The campaign surrounding the Martyrs, as told through these archives, represents the origins of trade unionism and serves as a lasting legacy of what solidarity actions by a united movement can achieve.’ Open Day will also include the opportunity to speak to staff and volunteers about the unique history and current work of the MML. Stalls will sell second hand books on the history of socialism and the trade union movement, as well as gifts and souvenirs. Light refreshments, including homemade cakes will be on sale. Although rich in history, the ethos of the MML and its contents are very much about today, about current working class struggles both here and abroad, and is a resource for those struggles. ‘If I have seen further than others it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.’ (Isaac Newton) 2018 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, and an international conference ‘Marx 200’ will be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies on 5 May 5th, in tandem with similar events all over the world. This comes at a time of renewed interest in Marx and his writings, particularly among young people. As Marx famously said - ‘The philosophers have only attempted to interpret the world the word in various ways. The point however, is to change it.’ ENDS 1 May, doors open at 10am, and close at 3pm, with last tours starting at 2.40pm 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU Basic information The Marx Memorial Library (MML) is a library, archive and education charity. Our grade II listed building is set on historic Clerkenwell Green. We have a collection of over 50,000 books, pamphlets and archives on socialism and the history of the working-class movement and run educational events, courses and classes each week Founded in 1933, for over 80 years we have been dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding of Marxism and the history of socialism. Our archive collections include material on anti-fascism, the peace movement and radical press and printing. The MML makes our collections available to researchers in a reading room, produces publications including an annual journal Theory & Struggle and organises exhibitions, conferences, courses – both online and on-site – cultural events, workshops for school groups, book launches and much more.

The Marx Memorial Library is looking for

two Digitisation & Cataloguing Assistants to work on our Poster Collection


The Marx Memorial Library (MML) is looking for two enthusiastic Digitisation and Cataloguing Assistants with experience working in a library, archive or a museum environment, excellent attention to detail and good IT skills.

The MML is a library, archive and education charity with a world-class collection of books, pamphlets and archives on Marxism, the history of socialism and the working-class movement. Our small, dynamic team is based in a Grade II listed building on Clerkenwell Green. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the heritage sector, working with our unique collection of 2,000 posters covering subjects including the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and Anti-Apartheid campaigns.

You must be an effective team-player; cataloguing and image editing experience are desirable.

This opportunity is ideally suited to students on MA Digital Humanities and Archives and Records Management courses. Hours are negotiable, but we anticipate that successful candidates will be able to commit to approximately 15-20 hours per week over 2-3 days for a 4 to 5-month period (total 320 hours at £11 p/h in April-August 2018).

To apply please email Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager, for an application pack at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for applications: Midday Monday 26 March.

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