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Marx Memorial Library

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Marx Memorial Library

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37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU England
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Michael A wrote a review Aug 2019
Nassau, New Providence Island996 contributions124 helpful votes
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The Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School is a treasure of London's rich Marxist history. However, be sure to take the tour offered at 13:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays or will will most certainly miss out. The was my second visit to the Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School. Last year I was unable to make the guided tour and thought that the library was nothing more than a collection of Marxist literature. During the tour this year, I saw the office where Comrade Lenin wrote Iskra, the spark that help ignite the glorious Bolshevik Revolution! The interesting facts that I learned about the building from the guided tour are too numerous to mention.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Liz D wrote a review Apr 2019
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Another place I had always wanted to go but never did. Finally remedied that and spent a good few hours there. Learned so much! Passionate volunteers run it and it's full of info on working class rights and socialist movers and shakers. The tour is only a couple times a week so check before you go. The tour is £5 each.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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MrAndrewHaynes wrote a review Nov 2018
London, United Kingdom448 contributions206 helpful votes
Three of us recently had a day out in Clerkenwell, visiting the Museum of the Order of St John in the morning and the Marx Memorial Library in the afternoon, with lunch in between at the Crown Tavern. If you wish to follow our example, note that Tuesday is the only day of the week on which there are guided tours at both the museum and the library. Sadly, after a delightful morning at the St John museum and a pleasant pub lunch, our afternoon visit to Marx House was disheartening. The library is open to anyone (free) between noon and 4pm from Monday to Thursday, but unless you wish to study left-wing literature, there is no point visiting without paying for the 45-minute guided tour, available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm. The tour takes you into parts of the early Georgian building that are not otherwise open to visitors. For instance, it allows you to see the small room where Lenin worked in exile in 1902–03, and which now seems to be preserved almost as a shrine to the revolutionary leader, and to visit the so-called “historic” vaults, which were only rediscovered fairly recently and are of little interest, being mainly now cluttered with archived papers. You will also see various artefacts of socialist interest such as posters, banners and mineworkers’ plates, but few of these items are on display and most are piled up in cluttered storerooms. Overall we were disappointed by this ramshackle, disorganised place — especially as the volunteer who led our small tour group was ill-informed, rude and antisemitic.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Ivor M wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom543 contributions159 helpful votes
I visited here for the first time in about a half century. The building is historic and interesting. The building is important in the history of socialism in Britain and in the time that Lenin and others spent in London in the early years of the last century. It also now contains archive and display material of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. The tour takes you all over the building with all the atmosphere of an archive.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Gavriel5778 wrote a review Feb 2016
London, United Kingdom903 contributions54 helpful votes
I had not been to this library since my student days many years ago! It is situated on Clerkenwell Green, a 5 minute walk from Farringdon station. There is a library of books related to all forms of socialism. Tours take place (check the website for times) during the week and this is worth attending. There is much to see as the place is crammed full of books, manuscripts and papers. I've attached some photos. You can join the library as well.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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