Monthly film series at Marx Memorial Library from late January 2016:

 

cinema action - Struggles of the Sixties and Seventies

 

films produced by cinema action, a London-based collective

 

which made 'socialist campaign films' between 1968 and 1981

 

www.cinemaaction.co.uk

Sold in packs of 5 for £4

'Socialist Opposition to the First World War' exhibition launching at the Marx Memorial Library

The Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School is pleased to announce the launch of our Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition Socialist Opposition to the First World War at 11.00 am. The launch will commence at Marx Memorial Library on Sunday 8th November 2015 where it will remain for six weeks. Thereafter it will  move to other locations inside and outside London. It will run until the end of March 2016.

Our exhibition documents the hidden history of the First World War; the rise of the shop stewards' movement, opposition to militarisation, the splits within the Suffragettes over war and patriotism, and the influence of socialist politics on the anti-war movement.

Britain was not united over the merits of the war effort, and we seek to show how opposition to the war was an integral part of daily life for many working class men and women. We want to challenge any narrative around the war that ignores the deep and lasting divisions in society over the so-called Great War.

We are launching the exhibition on Remembrance Sunday to encourage and ensure that our memories of the war recall that opposition to war and militarism is a longstanding and proud part of British history and society.

 

For further information about the exhibition please contact:

Professor Mary Davis

Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

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Phone: #44(0) 207 253 1485

NEW FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE - HELP FUND OUR DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS

We have recently developed new website, launched twice weekly guided tours and have new education programme – these developments form part of our outreach programme.

We want to build on these foundations and welcome new people into our building with

·         A new sign on the outside of the building so people know who we are (£300)

·         Two 'welcome' panels introducing visitors to the MML and its collections (£1000)

·         Specific panels and plaques on significant individuals and aspects of our collections (e.g. Claudia Jones, Bob Crow £700)

·         Display case for temporary exhibitions in our Main Hall (£800)

Total = £2,800

This will

-          Help us to make our unique archive and museum collections available and accessible

-          Help us in our mission to open up to new audiences and welcome people into Marx House

-          Commemorate and pay tribute to leading figures in labour history

 

DONATE HERE 

Published in collaboration with Manifesto Press with support from the International Brigade Memorial Trust and UNITE the Union.

Bob Cooney (1907-1984) was a prominent anti-fascist and communist in Aberdeen who joined the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Published for the first time, “Proud Journey” is his memoir of those turbulent times. It takes us from street clashes with Blackshirts to the battlefields of Spain and the heroism and sacrifice of Cooney and his comrades facing the forces of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini. Written in 1944 and with the Second World War as a backdrop, this is a rousing personal account of one man’s part in the long and bloody fight against fascism that helped define this key period of twentieth century history. Cooney paints an action-packed and politically-charged picture of struggle, solidarity, comradeship – and hope.

 

 

 

 

 

Coming soon - Bob Cooney's 'Proud Journey' published in collaboration with Manifesto Press with support from the International Brigade Memorial Trust and UNITE the Union.

Bob Cooney (1907-1984) was a prominent anti-fascist and communist in Aberdeen who joined the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Published for the first time, “Proud Journey” is his memoir of those turbulent times. It takes us from street clashes with Blackshirts to the battlefields of Spain and the heroism and sacrifice of Cooney and his comrades facing the forces of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini. Written in 1944 and with the Second World War as a backdrop, this is a rousing personal account of one man’s part in the long and bloody fight against fascism that helped define this key period of twentieth century history. Cooney paints an action-packed and politically-charged picture of struggle, solidarity, comradeship – and hope.

 

Soon to be available for £5 at the Marx Memorial Library and on our online shop here http://marx-memorial-library.org.uk/shop

The Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School is pleased to announce the Heritage Lottery Funded supported exhibition 'Socialist Opposition to the First World War' arranged by Professor Mary Davis and project manager Luke Evans.

BENEFIT GIG

 

FOR THE MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY & WORKERS' SCHOOL

 

 

Featuring Maddy Carty; Steve White & Richard Purnell

 

Support London's very own radical library, archive and education charity with a world-class selection of folk and spoken word artists

Wednesday 23 September 7:30pm

The Harrison Pub, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 8JF

marxlibrary.org.uk           harrisonbar.co.uk/

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£5 on the door – all proceeds go to the Marx Memorial Library

 

maddycartymusic.com                  stevewhiteandtheprotestfamily.bandcamp.com             richardpurnell.org

 

 

Celebrating Eleanor Marx at the Marx Memorial Library & Worker' School

On 3 September biographer, historian and activist, Rachel Holmes unveiled a plaque dedicated to Eleanor Marx at the Marx Memorial Library. It is accompanied by a permanent display commemorating Eleanor hung in pride of place by the Library's main entrance.

Eleanor Marx was a socialist, internationalist, feminist and trade unionist and a woman of letters. She has significant connections to the Marx Memorial Library. Not only did she speak at 37a Clerkenwell Green at meetings of the Social Democratic Federation, but her ashes were kept in the Library's Lenin Room for many years.

Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager introduced the event explaining to a packed hall that a dedicated display for Eleanor was 'long-overdue' at the library; it was 'about time we paid our respects'. She described the MML's new programme of work with a focus on outreach and education.

Lauren England, Conservator and one of a large team of volunteers at the Library, introduced the conservation work she had done on a letter and poster on Eleanor Marx. A wide range of procedures including tear repair and washing were necessary to bring the fragile poster back to life ready for the new display.

She was followed by Rachel Holmes, author of 'Eleanor Marx: a Life' who underlined her significance as a trade union leader and her influence on the framing of the 'woman question'. Her impact is still felt today as she continues to inspire activists. Rachel finished with a reading of Shelley's 'The Masque of Anarchy':

 Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you-
Ye are many - they are few."

 

Actor Penny Diamond read 'My Confession' scribed by Eleanor aged 10, signing off with her maxim 'Go ahead!'

The Marx Memorial Library is now offering school group visits including:

- 40 minute tour of our historic building from trained tour guide

- special archive talk on our collections (this can be adapted to your needs. Options include the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, Marx in London, using historical sources)

These are particularly suitable for those studying history at GCSE and A level

Primary Source Workshops for A-Level Students

The Marx Memorial Library now offers A-level student groups a special learning experience including

1. a tour of our historic building including office where Lenin worked in exile (30 min)

2. a workshop on the range of primary source material at the library (including pamphlets, newspapers, photographs, posters and other archive sources) (40-60 mins). This will

- encourage students to understand the value of different kinds of historical sources

- help students to develop a critical eye comparing and contrasting a range of sources

- interest students in historical documents by giving them the unique opportunity to handle the originals

- stimulate debate by asking questions and encouraging group work

- give students materials to quote/cite in coursework and exam questions

 

Workshops can cover a range of subjects such as 

- The Russian Revolution & the Soviet Union

- the First World War

- the Spanish Civil War

The workshops can be adapted, and other subject areas covered.

 

To book a session and/or for further information contact Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0207 253 1485

Book now for 2017

Are you a teacher? Do you know teachers who might be interested in helping us to develop this programme and related study packs? get in touch! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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