Six of Marx Memorial Library's rare pamphlets on the subject of Nationalisation will be on display at the National Coal Mining Museum, England, until the end of the year. We are delighted to contribute to this themed exhibition. 

The Marx Memorial Library is home to an extensive collections of visual material including photographs, posters and banners on subjects such as the peace movement, anti-cuts demonstrations, campaigns for suffrage and revolutionary figures through history. These workshops give students the opportunity to view these materials first hand, encouraging debate on form, content, media and context

Our workshops can be tailored to your needs, and will particularly appeal to GCSE and A-Level Art, Art History, Photography and Media students. They can focus on

  1. Exploring the work itself, in particular the techniques and methodology; why were these chosen and what were the results?
  2. Understanding the artist's intention and how a message is conveyed
  3. Research and discuss the political, cultural and social context of the work, using other resources at the MML
  4. Understand the influence of resources such as photographs on perceptions of historical events both at the time and in years to come. What can we learn from the visual?

Check out our photo library here.

This series of classes marks 100 years since Lenin's State and Revolution. Join us for an exploration of key texts at fortnightly sessions starting 7 Feb. Download flyer below.

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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. Engaging with the visual imagery of this rich collection and the art it inspired
  5. 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?



The Marx Memorial Library is home to a phenomenal collection of resources on the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. These include posters depicting contemporary propaganda wars; pamphlets documenting accounts of vistors to Russia during the civil war; photographs of the Red Army and leaflets from the Hands Off Russia campaign in Britain. We also hold pamphlets and periodicals documenting collectivisation, the space race, and soviet culture and art.

Our workshops can be tailored to your needs, and will particularly appeal to GCSE and A-Level History, Politics and Art students. They can focus on:

  1. Examining and analysing original source material, comparing and contrasting their uses and messages. This makes our workshops ideally suited to students considering studying history at university.
  2. Gaining an understanding of themes and subjects central to many history syllabuses, particularly at A-Level, relating to the Russian Revolution, the Tsarist regime, the Cold War and developments in the Soviet Union itself
  3. Studying the visual elements in the collection - most notably the posters - some of which we are oaning to the Royal Academy for their centenary exhibition this year. This gives a unique insight into the influences and functions of these striking artworks

Not only is a visit to the library a chance to view our archives, but an opportunity to visit the historic building built in 1737 where Lenin worked in exile from 1902 - 1903. This makes the Marx Memorial Library in 2017 - on the centenary of the revolution itself - one of the most authentic and inspiring places to learn about Russia's history.



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We're open from Monday-Thursday 12 noon-4pm. Get in touch for room bookings and guided tours

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Farringdon station on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.


Farringdon Station - Thameslink services for connections to London Bridge, St Pancreas, Brighton, East Croydon

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If you want more information then contact us by phone on #44(0) 207 253 1485 or visit the contact us page