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Marx Memorial Library

Brief History

In 1933, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, a delegate meeting comprising trade unionists, veteran socialists belonging to the Labour Party and Communist Party, and representatives of the Labour Research Department and Martin Lawrence Publishers Ltd., considered setting up a permanent memorial to him. That year also saw the Nazi book burnings in Germany. The meeting resolved that the most appropriate memorial would be a Library. Thus the Marx Memorial Library and Workers School (as it was then known) was established at 37a Clerkenwell Green that year in house that was built in 1737 for use as a Welsh charity school.

Collections

International Brigades Archive, Picture Library, Political Poster Collection, British Labour Movement, Socialism and Working Class History, Russia and Soviet Collection.

Contact Details

Tel : 020 7253 1485
Web : http://www.marx-memorial-library.org
Link for OPAC : http://marx.soutron.net/Library/Catalogues/Search.aspx

Opening Times

Members: 1pm-6pm Monday – Thursday.
Visitors (for tours): 1pm-2pm Monday – Thursday or by appointment ONLY.

Admission

Free admission but donations very welcome.

Transport

Underground: Farringdon on Circle, Hammersmith & Metropolitan lines.
British Rail: Thameslink, Farringdon.
Buses: 55, 63, 243.