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ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR of the Marx Memorial Library

Find out about our building's past and learn about key items in our collections on one of our guided virtual tours.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 - 12:00pm
Contact
Email: info@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 020 7523 1485

Come inside our historic building using the latest technology!

This virtual tour will take you through the corridors, collection rooms, and basement tunnels of our Grade II listed building as one of our tour guides explains our history and highlights from our collections on display.

The Virtual Tour runs on the last Thursday each month, in addition to our weekly on-site Monday lunchtime tours.

12.00- 12.45pm

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£5/ £3 concessions

ONSITE BOOK LAUNCH: International Brigade Against Apartheid: Secrets of the War that Liberated South Africa

Author Ronnie Kasrils in conversation with Victoria Brittain

Monday, 6 June 2022 - 7:00pm
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Contact
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485

We hear for the first time from internationalists who secretly worked for the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK), in the struggle to liberate South Africa from apartheid rule. They acted as couriers, provided safe houses in the neighbouring states and within South Africa, helped infiltrate combatants across borders, and smuggled tonnes of weapons into the country in the most creative of ways.

Driven by a spirit of international solidarity, they were prepared to take huge risks and face danger which dogged them at every turn. At least three were captured and served long terms of imprisonment, while others were arrested and, following international pressure, deported.

They reveal what motivated them as volunteers, not mercenaries, who gained nothing for their endeavours save for the self-esteem in serving a just cause.

Against such clandestine involvement, the book includes contributions from key role players in the international Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) and its public mobilisation to isolate the apartheid regime. These include worldwide campaigns like Stop the Sports Tours, boycotting South African products, and black American solidarity.

The Cuban, East German and Russian contributions outline those countries' support for the ANC and MK. The public, global AAM campaigns provide the dimension from which internationalists who secretly served MK emerged.

This is an invaluable historic resource, explaining in highly readable style the significance of international solidarity for today's youth in challenging times.

 

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ONSITE BOOK LAUNCH: Growing Up Communist in the Netherlands and Britain: Childhood, Political Activism, and Identity Formation

Author Elke Weesjes presents this comparative analysis of the Dutch and British communist movements in the 20th century

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 - 6:30pm
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Contact
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485
This volume interrogates how far Moscow and/or indigenous social, political, economic and cultural factors influenced the experiences of communist parties and their members. Informed by oral history and memory studies, it draws on a series of interviews with 38 British and Dutch cradle communists, auto/biographies, archival materials, and existing historiography of both movements.The book is divided into two parts. Part I examines and compares the social and political history of the communist youth movement in Britain and the Netherlands and Part II explores the private and public life of Dutch and British communists in the period 1950-1970. Weesjes' talk will primarily focus on the latter part and will discuss respondents' political and cultural upbringing and their parents' prescriptions and aspirations. It specifically looks at gender roles, sexuality, pedagogical values, and morality.
 
Dr. Elke Weesjes teaches history at the City University of New York in Brooklyn where she is also Research Director of the school's Holocaust Center. She is an editorial board member of Twentieth Century Communism, A Journal of International History (Lawrence and Wishart, London) and a visiting research fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. Her work has been published by outlets including Cahiers d’histoire. Revue d’histoire critique; Children Youth, and Environments; The Psychologist; Twentieth Century Communism, A Journal of International History; Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies; Biografie Bulletin; and Labour/Le Travail. She is the author of Growing Up Communist in the Netherlands and Britain: Childhood, Political Activism, and Identity Formation (Amsterdam University Press, 2021) and Rode Levens. Communistische Gezinnen in the Koude Oorlog (Walburg Pers, forthcoming spring 2023). 
 
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ONSITE TOUR of the Marx Memorial Library

Trained guides offer visitors an insight into our unique, radical history.

Monday, 23 May 2022 - 12:00pm
37a Clerkenwell Green, Marx Memorial Library & Workers School, London, EC1R 0DU
Contact
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485

The Marx Memorial Library hosts weekly guided tours of our historic building every week on Mondays.

Explore the building’s medieval cellar and historic vaults; visit the room where Lenin worked in exile 1902-3; view original displays such as the 1938 British Battalion banner of the volunteers who went to fight fascism in Spain; and learn about significant events such as the Paris Commune 1871 and the Mineworkers' Strike 1984-5 through our extensive collections.

At the heart of the British Labour movement for over 80 years, the Library has a fascinating story to tell.

 

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ONSITE TOUR of the Marx Memorial Library

Trained guides offer visitors an insight into our unique, radical history.

Monday, 30 May 2022 - 12:00pm
37a Clerkenwell Green, Marx Memorial Library & Workers School, London, EC1R 0DU
Contact
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485

The Marx Memorial Library hosts weekly guided tours of our historic building every week on Mondays.

Explore the building’s medieval cellar and historic vaults; visit the room where Lenin worked in exile 1902-3; view original displays such as the 1938 British Battalion banner of the volunteers who went to fight fascism in Spain; and learn about significant events such as the Paris Commune 1871 and the Mineworkers' Strike 1984-5 through our extensive collections.

At the heart of the British Labour movement for over 80 years, the Library has a fascinating story to tell.

 

Book HERE.

ONLINE LECTURE: From Treaty to Civil War in Ireland

A centenary lecture on the Irish Civil War from Seán Byers

Thursday, 30 June 2022 - 7:00pm
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Contact
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485

The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed on 6 December 1921, consolidating partition and granting the embryonic Irish Free State a truncated form of political independence. Within six months, disputes over the Treaty clauses had ushered in a brutal civil war among erstwhile comrades in the broad-based national independence movement.

This lecture will trace how the Treaty was negotiated and ratified, highlighting the key issues that triggered a split within Sinn Féin and led to civil war. It will look at how the issue of partition and Ireland’s relationship to Empire were treated by the two sides, as well as exploring the underlying class dimensions of the Treaty settlement and Civil War. Finally, we will assess the overall significance of the Civil War as a key phase in the counter-revolution.

Seán Byers works for Trademark Belfast, a trade union linked organisation focused on anti-sectarianism, political education and the new economy. He is the author of Seán Murray: Marxist-Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican (2015), a political biography of the eponymous War of Independence veteran and Communist Party of Ireland general secretary.

 

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