The walk which covers a period from the early 1800s to the 1940s, starts in Clerkenwell Green, a place of free speech and protest dubbed by the right wing press “the home of republicanism, revolution and ultra-non-conformity”. It highlights dramatic events in the area and the activities of political movements such as the National Union of the Working class, Chartists, Spenceans, radical Irish nationalists, and prominent individuals including the Italian nationalist, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Indian campaigner Dadabhai Nairoji
The walking tour starts and ends at the Marx Memorial Library 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
THE LIBRARY TOUR
The Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School was home to the socialist Twentieth Century Press and the coffee house where members of the Social Democratic Federation – including Eleanor Marx and William Morris – once met. It has a world class collection of archives and artefacts on Marxism, trade union and socialist history. Visitors to Marx House can see the office where Lenin worked in exile, our basement tunnels crammed full of archives and rare books, our stunning floor to ceiling fresco by Jack Hastings depicting the overthrow of capitalism and displays of banners, plates and posters documenting working class struggle.
David Rosenberg is author of Rebel Footprints: a guide to uncovering London’s radical history (Pluto Press). Find out about David’s other walks at www.eastendwalks.com
The fee for the walk and library tour is £10 (£7 unwaged)
Spaces for this event are limited to 12
37A Clerkenwell Green