The Marx Memorial Library is home to the most significant archives on the Spanish Civil War in the country. From leaflets promoting aid for Spain campaigns and letters from International Brigaders to vivid posters and banners and original photographs taken at the front line, this collection truly brings history to life.
Our workshops can be tailored to your needs, and will particularly appeal to GCSE History, Politics, Art, Spanish and Citizenship students. They can focus on
- Examining and analysing original sources from photos, pamphlets, posters and newspapers. Students can get hands on experience looking at these resources and interpreting themselves. This particularly appeals to students considering studying history at university
- Gaining a better understanding of associated historical themes and subjects which feature on the A-level syllabus including the rise of fascism in Europe and appeasement
- Practically applying language skills, reading anything from the poetry of Marcos Ana, to pamphlets produced by both sides during the civil war. What better way of understanding Spanish language, history and culture in one session?
- Engaging with the visual imagery of this rich collection and the art it inspired
- The Aid Spain Movement involved the mass mobilisation of people across the country in support of the Spanish Republic; funds were raised for medical aid and refugees taken in. What can we learn from this today?