This slide show exhibition was compiled for our May Day open day to mark 90 years since the General Strike of 1926. It draws on our collection of contemporary newspapers and photographs.

Leaving a legacy to us in your will is an effective way of supporting us after your death. Whatever you are able to leave to us will be used to ensure the continuation of the Library, and to improve the services and facilities we provide.

It is important that you state your wishes clearly, and include our name,  Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School, our address, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU, and our registered charity number, 270309

Why make a will?

A will is a legal document which sets out who you want to have your money and possessions following your death. If you do not make a will strict legal rules known as the "intestacy rules" will apply and may mean that the people who benefit from your estate are not the ones you would choose. For example, your estate will not necessarily all pass to your spouse after your death under the intestacy rules. Making a will ensures that your money and possessions go where you choose them to go.

How to make a will

  • Make a list of everything you own and approximately how much it is worth
  • Make a list of those you want to benefit from your assets after your death. Think of family, friends and charities. You can give either legacies of a specified amount or a share of the residue of your estate, which is the net amount once all the liabilities and any legacies you have given have been paid.
  • Choose executors. They are the people responsible for carrying out your wishes after your death. You can appoint between one and four people who can be family, friends and/or a professional person such as a solicitor or an accountant.
  • If you have children under 18 consider whom to appoint as guardian to take care of them if you and your spouse both die before they grow up.
  • Contact a solicitor. If you do not have a solicitor asks friends and neighbours for recommendations or contact the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners on www.step.orgor 020 3752 3700 for a list of practitioners who specialise in the field.
  • Discuss your requirements and the solicitor will then prepare a will for you to sign and witness. The solicitor will guide you through the strict rules for signing the will: follow them carefully because otherwise the will will not be valid.
  • Keep your will up to date and review it regularly. If your circumstances change and particularly if you marry or decide to divorce you will need to make a new will. Check that any legacies you are giving are up to date and the amounts are sensible.
  • Keep your will safe and make sure your executors and immediate family know where it is.
  • Keep a list of all your assets and keep the paperwork somewhere where it can be found by your executors after you have gone.

Inheritance Tax

If the total value of your estate is more than the nil rate band for Inheritance Tax purposes (£325,000 as at March 2015) inheritance tax will be payable on the excess at 40% unless you leave it to your spouse or civil partner or to another exempt beneficiary such as a charity. Gifts to a charity such as the Marx Memorial Library do not attract Inheritance Tax and can be used to reduce or eradicate Inheritance Tax in your estate. Your solicitor will be able to explain how it could affect you.

To contact us about this, please click this page to fill out a form and we will get back to you.

Affiliates play a vital role in the life of the Library furthering our aims, advancing education, knowledge and learning in all aspects of the science of Marxism, the history of socialism and the working class movement. Our national affiliates currently include Unite, RMT, CWU, ASLEF & FBU. Please use the below text as a model motion for affiliation at branch level


Since the MML’s foundation in 1933, in response to the rise of fascism in Europe, we've been at the heart of the British labour movement, advancing education, knowledge and learning in all aspects of the science of Marxism, the history of socialism and the working class.

The Library is home to a unique collection of published and archival sources on related subjects, including the Spanish Civil War, trade unionism and peace and solidarity campaigns. The Library's education programme – online and on-site – covers subjects ranging from political and economic theory to socialist art. In the centre of historic Clerkenwell, the Library itself has a radical history. Visitors can step in the footsteps of Lenin – who worked in exile at 37 Clerkenwell Green -, Eleanor Marx and William Morris.

At a time when the political establishment is seeking to rewrite history to suit its own ends, the MML provides a much-needed alternative rooted in the lived experiences of generations of working-class people. The MML is a charity and is reliant on affiliations and donations. We particularly depend on trade unions, nationally, regionally, individual branches and trades councils. It’s absolutely vital that this wonderful asset gets the support it needs to thrive for the future and to record and tell our side of the story.

This branch notes;

* That the Marx Memorial Library has been a home for radical thought and activity since 1933
* That it holds very valuable historical archives and collections, including material about the Spanish Civil War unavailable unaware else
* That the Library relies entirely on personal and organisational donations from individuals and groups, mainly trade unions

This branch believes;

* That it is crucial to have spaces such as the Library where working people can discover their history and organise present struggles
* That actively involving ourselves in the work and activity of the Library will be mutually beneficial and will help to link up our battles with those of others.

This branch resolves;

* To affiliate to the Library at a cost of £25.00 per year
* To make a one off donation of £50
* To circulate to our members information about the Library and it's programme of events and activities


In this video for NVTV, exhibition curator Professor Mary Davis discusses Socialist Opposition to the First World War with presenter Kellie O'Dowd.

Reclaim the Agenda : Episode 16 - Socialist Opposition to WW1 from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo.

All 7pm; All £3; ALL WELCOME


19 May: General Strike of 1926 with Professor Roger Seifert

26 May: Grunwick dispute film screening directed by Chris Thomas introduced by Professor Mary Davis

2 June: Seafarers Dispute with Phil Ballard

16 June: Lenin's Imperialism (written 1916) with Andrew Murray

A new way to learn from the Marx Memorial Library - Learn at your own pace, wherever you are

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Starting 30 May

This course examines capitalist development over the past century and does so in order to provide an understanding of the economic and political nature of the current crisis.  It draws on a number of explanations but principally those in the Marxist tradition.  


By the end of the course you should be able to show understanding of the range of explanations put forward for the current crisis and be able to contest arguments that:

·         The current crisis has been caused by over-consumption and too much government spending on welfare

·         Austerity, cutting the social wage and public sector employment, will resolve the crisis

And instead demonstrate that

·         The crisis has been caused by enhanced monopoly ownership of the economy and in particular the control exercised by financial institutions

·         That such monopoly control leads to attempts to dominate the economies of other countries and internally to the erosion of democratic rights


The four classes are:

1. The last BIG crisis

2. Imperialism then and now

3. Today’s big crisis

4. Monopoly power against democratic rights


Upon payment you will be sent by email your user name and password and the ULR for the education website.


The Call No. 126, 5 September 1918

The Call No. 125, 29 August 1918

The Call No. 124, 22 August 1918

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