Learn the bloodthirsty origins of the City of London's Coat of Arms at the MML.
C Walsh will perform Heathcote Williams' epic poem 'The Red Dagger,' which details the Peasants' Revolt and the depredations of the City over the last 700 years.
Friday, 1 July at 7pm. £5.
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 Battalion of volunteers in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. The ‘Lenin Room’ is an atmospheric office where Lenin worked in exile in London in 1902/3. A 1934 floor to ceiling fresco by Jack Hastings depicting Marx, Engels, William Morris is the focal point of our Library’s reading room. The walls of our staircases and corridors display artefacts from major industrial disputes, such as the minerworkers’ and Wapping strikes of the 1980s. The historic vaults, which date back to the fifteenth century, can be visited, stacked high with our unique collections of books and periodicals. A memorial courtyard dedicated to media workers killed in the 20th century war against fascism, from Spain in 1936 to victory in Europe in 1945 is tucked away at the back of the building.
The 2016 issue of the journal of the Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School is available now. Every issue is packed with comment, reviews, analysis, debate and articles about the theory of Marxism and the history of the British working class and labour movement.
EDITORIAL: Marj Mayo outlines the journal's role in analysing present class struggles, including the political transformation that has been taking place within the Labour Party. The current edition features international perspectives on working class movements, as well as a focus on education and on the work of the library itself.
Jeremy Corbyn: Reflection on his first 100 days as Labour leader - A review of the struggles of pursuing a different kind of politics in the face of media adversary and internal opposition.
Keith Ewing: The European Union and collective bargaining - An analysis of the implications of the TTIP agreement for the EU and the USA, with a relevant historical comparison.
Jonathan White: ‘Marx's Civil War in France’ - A piece on how The Paris Commune truly inspired Marx's ideological theories to grow and further shape the revolutions of the future.
Prakash Karat: ‘The Modi Phenomenon in Indian Politics’ - A review of the challenges faced by the Indian left to challenge the neoliberal agenda of the Modi government.
Pauline Conroy: ‘Women in the Revolutionary Decades: Ireland at the turn of the 20th century’ - A look into the forgotten history of women's involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising and the importance of women to wider social and political movements of the early twentieth century.
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.
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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.
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