This election year May-Day – this Friday 1 May- the Marx Memorial Library will show-case highlights of its Daily Worker/Morning Star archive in a one-day-only exclusive exhibition.
Joint with the Morning Star, the slide-show display tells the story of May Day – the festival of International Solidarity - throughout history. Reports date back from the year of the papers’ foundation in 1930.
Front pages and feature pieces from politically significant years appear alongside gems from the papers’ unique photographic archive.
The Marx Memorial Library is home to the complete archive of the Daily Worker/Morning Star – one of its key resources - that brings researchers to Marx House from all over the country.
The central London May Day march has always gathered outside the Library on Clerkenwell Green.
This year the Library will hold an ‘Open House’ day, inviting demonstrators, trade unionists and visitors inside for guided tours. This is an opportunity to view some of our remarkable collections on the working class movement and the history of socialism.
Visitors will be able to visit the room and desk where Lenin worked in exile in London in 1902/3, see the banners of the British Battalion of volunteers in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and view artefacts from major industrial disputes, such as the minerworkers’ and Wapping strikes of the 1980s.
Archivist Meirian Jump explained ‘This is a great opportunity for people to come and see what the Library is all about’ she added ‘we hope that a look at the history of May Day will highlight its continued relevance today’.