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The Marx Memorial Library (MML) has been awarded £93,710 for a major project which will reach out to the local community to make its archives more accessible.
Today, The Marx Memorial Library is celebrating after receiving a £93,710 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting heritage project, ‘Marx Memorial Library at 90: Enduring and Engaging’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will engage with local schools, voluntary organisations and community groups to improve accessibility and interest in its archives.
The 17-month project will begin this September and will look at subjects such as peace, anti-fascism, anti-racism, and the role of colonialism. The new funding stream coincides with the library's 90th anniversary next year. It will also provide funds for fundraising feasibility and commercial viability studies to explore new income streams and a conservation management plan to examine possible avenues for the redevelopment of Marx House.
Meirian Jump, Library Manager and Archivist said: "The library is a treasure trove of rich history, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our work into the local community.
“We want The Marx Memorial Library emerge from this initial project more resilient, with a clear business and fundraising plan, a comprehensive knowledge of our building and its possible uses, and a dynamic engagement plan.”
She adds: “This is an exciting and important step for the MML. We can’t wait to get started.”
For further information, images and interviews please contact Meirian Jump Archivist & Library Manager: email@example.com or 02072531485.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About The Marx Memorial Library
The Marx Memorial Library was founded in 1933 as a library on Marxism and socialist history and a workers’ school. It is a unique institution with internationally significant archives on the history of socialism and the working-class movement which tell stories of peoples’ agency throughout history campaigning against war, fascism, racism and sexism.
Housed in a striking eighteenth century Grade II listed building with a fascinating radical history in its own right, the MML is now home to over 50,000 books and pamphlets and runs a termly education programme online and onsite. 37a Clerkenwell Green is home to the office where Lenin worked while in exile in London 1902-3.
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.