The MML hosts regular book sales which offers out parts of our collection of rare pamphlets and books on labour history and working-class movements to the public. The book sales are always very popular and worth checking out to get yourself a rare Marxist classic or international history for a cheap price!

Project Archivist Vacancy at the Marx Memorial Library: ‘Volunteers for Liberty: The Archives of the International Brigades’

National Cataloguing Grants Scheme funded project

This is an exciting opportunity for an archivist with experience cataloguing complex collections to work on the most significant archive on the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in the UK.

The archive is of international research interest and documents the British response to the Spanish Civil War. At its core are the archives of the International Brigades: the papers of the International Brigade Association and the personal papers of numerous volunteers. It is also a unique resource on the Aid Spain movement, which mobilised in support of the besieged Spanish Republican Government, and later campaigns against the Francoist dictatorship in the UK and elsewhere.

You will catalogue this fascinating collection using our online Soutron cataloguing system, select material for digitisation, oversee the work of volunteers re-packing the collection and play a central role in promoting it through our website and social media. There will also be scope for involvement in outreach activities including writing articles, giving presentations and contributing to an education pack aimed at school groups.

The Marx Memorial Library, founded in 1933, is a library, archive, museum and education charity. Our collections, classes, lectures and events focus on the science of Marxism, the history of socialism and the working-class movement. You will play a central role in the day to day life of the MML as part of a small, dynamic team. In addition to a postgraduate qualification in archives and records management, you be highly motivated, happy to work independently and have a keen interest in the work and remit of the MML.

This is a full-time fixed term 11-month post on £26,000 per-annum. Closing date Midday 9 January 2017.

For further details and an application pack please email Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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To Her Excellency Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, 
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

Dear comrade Vicente,

The General Committee and Staff of the Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School in Clerkenwell, London extends our sincere condolences and solidarity with the people of Cuba on behalf of our members and students on the sad announcement today of the death of Fidel Castro Ruz.

Fidel's contribution to the great task of the liberation of humanity will be reckoned among the greatest of the 20th century. The defeat of apartheid in South Africa, the throwing back of imperialism in country after country and the inspiration that the Cuban people's revolution has brought would not have been possible without the leadership, determination and intelligence of Fidel and his love for the people.

We mourn his death in solidarity with the Cuban people and we continue to be inspired by the great achievements Fidel led, particularly in the field of education and adult literacy, where Fidel's legacy is seen in Cuba's role today as a world leader breaking through barriers of illiteracy and ignorance.

We look forward to continuing our work with the representatives of the Cuban people's revolution in the struggle for peace, socialism, freedom and independence.

Farewell comrade Fidel.

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

On behalf of the General Comittee of the Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School: 

John Foster, Secretary 
Alex Gordon, Chair
Marjorie Mayo, Vice Chair
Graham Stevenson, Treasurer

A message to all members and readers that MML's reading room will be closed from 15 December to 9 January. This also means that no tours will be taking place over this period. Apologies for any inconvenience.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £27,841 from the National Archives Cataloguing Grants Scheme to catalogue our Spanish Collection - which documents the British response to the Spanish Civil War including the Aid Spain movement and the experiences of the International Brigades - making it available on-line and accessible to new generations of researchers.

This is a collaborative project with the International Brigade Memorial Trust which will enable the creation of a dedicated education pack on the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades aimed at school children.

The archive, with additional records donated from the IBMT, will be catalogued to item level on our online Soutron cataloguing system. This will mean archives that have previously not been available to researchers - including photos and correspondence of Brigaders - will be searchable on-line and accessible at the MML.

This is a huge step for the MML. Not only will this take us a long way towards our goal of cataloguing all of our unique archives and making sure they are presevred for the long-term, but we are sure to secure our position as international centre for research and study on the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades.


We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £27,841 from the National Archives Cataloguing Grants Scheme to catalogue our Spanish Collection - which documents the British response to the Spanish Civil War including the Aid Spain movement and the experiences of the International Brigades - making it available on-line and accessible to new generations of researchers


80 years ago in October 1936, three months after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades were formally constituted. 40,000 volunteers from across the globe volunteered to fight fascism in Spain, and to defend the democratically elected Republican Government. 2,500 went from the UK, and 500 never returned. 

The Marx Memorial Library's joint festival to mark this anniversary - with the International Brigade Memorial Trust, Townsend Productions and Unite the Union - reached a grand finale on Sunday 30 October. Highlights from Townsend Production's new ‘Dare Devil Rides to Jarama’ about the International Brigades commissioned by the IBMT were performed against the backdrop of original Spanish Civil War banners on display in the Marx Memorial Library's main hall. 

This was followed by a drinks reception and the unveiling by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP of a plaque naming the 90 men of the British Battalion who were killed in the Battle of the Ebro in the summer of 1938. The plaque was first unveiled on the Ebro battlefield in 2005 by International Brigade veterans Bob Doyle, Jack Jones, Sam Lesser and Alan Menai Williams. It was smashed to pieces two years later by Spanish neo-fascists. A replacement was soon re-installed, but this original plaque, though damaged, now has pride of place in our memorial garden in Clerkenwell.

Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager, explained that there could be no better place to host the festival. Not only was the MML founded in response to the rise of fascism in Europe, the same set of political circumstances that motivated the Brigaders to leave for Spain, but it is also home to the Spanish Collection which includes original banners, correspondence, battalion rolls and the memoirs of volunteers. 

This was not only an occasion for commemoration, but also of celebration. Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager, announced that the MML has just received news that it has been awarded a grant of £27,841 from the National Archives to employ a full-time professional archivist to work cataloguing the collection. This will enable access to important parts of the collection which have not yet been made available to the public for the first time, and will make the archive searchable online. Meirian explained 'the MML will soon become the research centre on the International Brigades and Aid Spain Movement in Britain'.

Tour dates and further information on Townsend Productions new play can be found here

Further information on the Spanish Collection is available here


MML is working with the British Library on an AHRC collaborative doctoral project on American Political Pamphlets 1920-45 - we are looking for an academic partner. Please share and help us spread the word.

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