MayDay rooms was established in 2013 to safeguard histories of radicalism and resistance by connecting them with contemporary struggle and protest, and by developing digital platforms for dissemination. Our building offers communal spaces – a reading room, a meeting and screening room, a large kitchen, and a roof terrace – where this material can be explored and researched, to activate its potential within current social antagonisms. The spaces in the building facilitate collective gatherings and build connections between users of the building and its archives. We also run a programme of regular events, including film screenings, poetry readings, “scan-a-thons” for digitising archival material, discussion and reading groups, and social nights. Alongside our own archive of materials relating to social movements, experimental culture, and resistance from the 1960s to the present, our building on Fleet Street is home to a number of other archives and organisations including Strike! Magazine, Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union, Statewatch, General Equivalent, Industrial Workers of the World, Rebel City, PSS, Land Justice Network, GLC Story, and the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive. Many other activist, social justice, and educational groups frequently use the building for meetings and events.
Our archival collections focus on social struggles, radical art, and acts of resistance from the 1960s to the present: it contains everything from recent feminist poetry to 1990s techno paraphernalia, from situationist magazines to histories of riots and industrial transformations, from 1970s educational experiments to prison writing. Our collections challenge the widespread assault on collective memory and the tradition of the oppressed, by countering those prevalent narratives of historical inevitability and political pessimism.
Wednesday – Friday 11:00 – 18:00
Free admission. No need to contact us first.
Nearest train/tube stations are City Thameslink and Blackfriars. Fleet Street is also served by a large number of buses.
Unfortunately no step free access.