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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Opening Times

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

Underground & Bus

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


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

Contact Us

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