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Current Appeal

Marx Memorial Library Flood Appeal –

£50k for Lenin’s 150th birthday 

Following the devastating flood in September 2019, help us

Restore, Protect and Transform

Marx House


On 24 Sept MML suffered a devastating flood.

Problems with our flat roof and drainage system meant water 

gushed through our storerooms.


This has given impetus to an urgent programme of works to

Restore: undertake remedial work on the roof and drainage system

Protect: enhance the conservation, secyrurt and storage of our archives

Transform: create a new restricted fund for further redevelopment of our historic building centred on increasing capacity and improving access


What better way to mark the 150th birthday in April 2020

of the great revolutionary VI Lenin who has such integral ties

to our building than to help us raise funds to ensure

37a Clerkenwell Green is fit for the 21st century?


All donors will be invited to a birthday celebration and thank you event.


Check out our appeal film here.





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Thank you for wanting to support the work of the Marx Memorial Library.

Since the library'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. We couldn't do what we do without your help.

You can support the Marx Memorial Library in a number of ways, including

  • Making a donation
  • Becoming a member
  • Helping to guarantee our future by becoming a friend
  • Passing a model motion supporting the Marx Memorial Library in your local branch.
  • Remembering us in your will

Our manager, Meirian Jump, appeared on the Robert Elms BBC show making a pitch for fundraising appeal. Please do have a listen by clicking the following link:

Thank you for your support.

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