Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School is an independent charity dedicated, since its establishment in 1933, to the advancement of education and learning in all aspects of marxism, labour and working class history. We receive no subsidies of any kind and depend entirely on the generosity and dedication of our members. If you would like to help preserve and carry on the important work of the Marx Memorial Library check out the affiliation and membership applications forms here, click on the relevant image, save on to your computer, print off and post to us with a cheque payable to MML. Membership rates and affiliation levels are kept purposely low in order to be as accessible as possible; therefore all rates listed are a minimum.
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Affiliates: branches £50, regional bodies £250, national bodies £500.
The aim of the Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School Trust is the advancement of education, knowledge and learning by the provision of a library of books, periodicals and manuscripts relating to all aspects of the science of Marxism, the history of Socialism and the working class movement. It is an independent organisation, and a registered charity, financed by its members and affiliates.
The General Committee of Trustees is elected from and by the membership. The Library has 46,000 volumes in the lending section covering a range of subjects including Marx, Engels, Lenin, the Spanish Civil War and the History of Socialism and the British Labour Movement.
The reference collection has an extensive holding of journals dating from the 1850's. These include The Red Republican (published 1st English translation of Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto), Votes for Women (the Suffragette Journal) and Commonweal (William Morris); 43,000 pamphlets and many original materials and books, many of which are unavailable elsewhere.
Our building has been in a state of continuous redevelopment.
Revitalising working class education
The Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School was founded in 1933 to fill a gap in independent workers' education. This role has continued down the years but, at a time when education of working people is seriously challenged, we have taken a big step forward in revisiting the evening class.
MML’s 2013 `Classics of Marxism’ series of evening classes saw the following speakers [all in a personal capacity]:
Alex Gordon, past President of the RMT: "How classes make history - Marx Engels: The Manifesto of the Communist Party 1848"
Jonathan White, UCU official: "How people change the world - Marx: Preface to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy"
David Ayrton, NUJ official: "Human development and nature" Engels: The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Human"
Mary Davis, former Deputy Director of the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University and current Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway College: "Class and women’s oppression - Engels: The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State"
Richard Ross, Lecturer in Trade Union Studies at London Metropolitan University: "Understanding 'globalisation': Lenin on Imperialism"
Steve Silver, former editor of Searchlight and now worker for RMT: "Understanding the Far Right and the need for Strategic Responses: Clara Zetkin on Fascism"
Marj Mayo, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths University of London: "Challenging defeatism - there are alternatives to capitalist domination: Gramsci"
David Ayrton, NUJ official: "Challenging big business and policies that breed fascism: Dimitrov on the Popular Front"
Four classes cost only £12 inclusive and the limited number of places were all filled on a first-come first-served basis and were considerably overscribed. In 2014 we begin classes in political economy for trade unionists, modern British politics (focussing on the works of Ralph Miliband), and Art & Revolution, utilising the library’s unique archive of posters and artworks. Those who are really interested in enrolling should contact the library this very minute!