Friday, 23 June 2017 14:30

New Russian Revolution site is live

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The Marx Memorial Library is proud to announce that the new website on the Russian Revolution 1917-1922 and its impact on World War 1 and the European Labour Movement, is now live. 

The website is part of a larger project marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution hosted by MML and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to this website, we have created a travelling exhibition (designed by Angus Reid) and an accompanying brochure. The entire project has been researched, written and co-ordinated by Professor Mary Davis and Tommy Hodgson.

Check the website out for yourself:

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The Marx Memorial Library have recently launched our exciting new project 'Volunteers for Liberty: The Archives of the International Brigades'. The project, funded by The National Archives Cataloguing Grants Programme and in partnership with the International Brigade Memorial Trust will ensure that our unique Spanish Collection is preserved and made available to new generations of researchers.  

Photograph of Sam Wild addressing the British Battalion in Spain

A-2 A/46  -  Sam Wild addressing the British Battalion in Spain, c.1938 

The Spanish Collection spans nearly 70 years of material relating to the Spanish Civil War; from letters, diaries and photographs of the men and women who volunteered to assist the Spanish Republic to the papers of the International Brigade Association and other organisations which continued the campaign for a democratic Spanish Government after Franco's victory in 1939. As well as many boxes of correspondence, leaflets, press cuttings and photographs, the collection also includes banners and other artefacts. 

Image of front of International Brigade Membership card

50 GC/7  -  International Brigades membership card of Alan Gilchrist 

Previous visitors will be familiar with the current paper catalogues which include descriptions for a large part of the collection. Thanks to this project we will also be able to make more recent acquisitions, including the personal papers of some members of the International Brigades and the archives of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, available to researchers for the first time.

Image of Spanish Republican propaganda postcard, 1937

A-1 G/72  -  Spanish Republican postcard 'Culture will destroy Facism', 1937 

Last month we started work to repackage and catalogue the entire collection to ensure its safety and accessibility for the future. We look forward to sharing the new catalogue with you in Spring 2018 when it will be available to search through our website. 

In the meantime, keep an eye on this page for updates on our progress and some of the exciting discoveries we've made. 


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