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.






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 

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



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.


The Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School is taking part in the Open House London event on Sunday 20 September 11am until 4pm.

Visitors are welcome throughout the day and there will be full free guided tours by trained volunteers. Take a look at our displays, explore the basement tunnels and visit the room where Lenin worked in exile 1902-3.

There will be opportunities to purchase merchandise and refreshments.


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