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This coat tells a fascinating story  – featuring Lenin, Pollitt, Dimitrov and international brigader Sam Russell! - but as it reaches its 100th birthday, it is in urgent need of repair. Your donation will fund its professional conservation and display case, so we can tell this story for generations to come.

As we mark centenary of Lenin’s death in 2024, why not gift a donation to this wonderful artefact? £3,000 will enable us to preserve, repair and re-mount the coat, protecting it from future degradation.

As MML continues to work broadening its audiences and promoting its displays, we want this coat and its story centre stage. Can you help make a difference?


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    We need your support to ensure a secure and thriving future. You can help by: Becoming a member; making a donation; becoming a Patron; affiliating or remembering us in your will.


    Why donate?

    Sydney Trades Hall was built by and for the trade unions of NSW. These unions had their beginnings at around the time the Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported. The agitation for democratic rights that was part of the release campaign carried on through the Chartist movement. Some of these Chartists came to the colony of NSW (as it then was) and were key organisers of the eight hour day movement. Many of the early trade unions in NSW were branches of British unions. Sydney Trades Hall is a repository for the memorabilia of that movement and the history of radical and labour movements in Australia, just as the Marx Memorial Library is in the UK. Solidarity

    Sydney Trades Hall, donor to Tolpuddle Martyrs Project

    The work of the MML gathering, preserving and promoting the writings of Marx, his contemporaries and interpretations of them, continues to provide new generations with examples of theory and practice on which to make sense of current conditions, and helps to inspire them to work for revolutionary change

    Claire Weiss, Friend of the MML
    August 2016

    In a rapidly-changing world, where media moguls peddle mass misinformation to fox and befuddle the masses and 'airbrush out' people's history, the MML maintains the archive and 'the red thread' of workers' struggles for truth and justice down the centuries. The library is 'a weapon of the revolution' and I am proud to support its work

    Wendy Butler, donor
    August 2016

    I think MML is a unique resource for anyone doing Marx-related research, with a great ethos, history and staff

    David Ireland, donor
    August 2016

    Understanding how society has developed is key to understanding how best to progress to a more just and equal society. The thinking and writing of Marx is as relevant to solving the world’s problems as ever. I am delighted to support the Marx Memorial Library through a charity set up to memory of my mother, Anne McLaren, a lifelong Marxist.

    Professor Susan Michie, donor
    August 2016