Subject Guides

Subject Guides

The Library holds a wide range of collections on individuals such as Wal Hannington, Phil Piratin, James Connolly, Noreen and Clive Branson and Helen Crawfurd, and organisations such as the British Soviet Friendship Society, the British Czechoslovak Friendship League and the China Campaign Committee.

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Our History

Our History

In 1933, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, a delegate meeting comprising trade unionists, veteran socialists belonging to the Labour Party and Communist Party, and representatives of the Labour Research Department and Martin Lawrence Publishers Ltd., considered setting up a permanent memorial to him. The meeting was held at Conway Hall against the backdrop of the Nazi burning of the books in Germany. In these circumstances, delegates resolved that the most appropriate memorial to Marx would be a Library.

Given its place in London’s radical history, 37a Clerkenwell Green was considered the ideal premises. Thus the Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School was founded.

Study classes, held in the evenings, became the distinguishing feature of the Workers’ School, which was divided into faculties of science, history and political economy. Prominent speakers included J.D. Bernal, J.S. Haldane, Eric Hobsbawm, Christopher Hill, Tom Mann.

In 1934 Viscount Hastings, who had studied under the great Mexican artists Diego Rivera, executed a large fresco style mural on the wall of the first-floor reading room. Titled ‘The Worker of the Future Clearing away the Chaos of Capitalism’, it illustrates events and leading thinkers in the history of British Labour.

A Library of books, pamphlets, archives and posters grew over the years and was augmented significantly by the donation of the International Brigade Association archive in 1975, the Klugmann Collection in 1977, the Bernal Peace Library in 1994 and the archives of the print unions in 2009.

The Library expanded to occupy the whole building over the years. The premises achieved Grade II listed building status after the facade was restored in 1968-9 to the way it had originally looked in 1738. During further refurbishments in 1986, tunnels were discovered underneath the Library.

For over eighty years the Library has continued its work collecting published and archival material on the science of Marxism, trade unionism and the working class movement and making them available to through education courses.

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Marx Memorial Library's Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 22 April 2pm 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU Members should join us for a review of the year and…
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…
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…
Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the event that you are the owner of the copyright or related rights in any of the material on this website, or in a…
The MML is a striking Grade II listed eighteenth century building situated on Clerkenwell Green. Highlights include our Main Hall, a large meeting room adorned with banners of the British…
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…
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…
Saturday Openings for MML In 2016 the Marx Memorial Library will be launching Saturday openings. By popular demand, once a month we will open our reading room to researchers on…
NEW FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE - HELP FUND OUR DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS We have recently developed new website, launched twice weekly guided tours and have new education programme – these developments form…
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…
The MML's Main Hall is available for hire. Ideal for meetings, classes, lectures and seminars, it is situated just a few minutes' walk from Farringdon Station. The Hall, adorned with…
The Library's AGM in April approved a new set of affiliation rates for Trade Unions and related organisations. The MML took the unusual step of lowering affiliation rates for small,…
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