Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library, London

Marx Memorial Library
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Neighborhood: Islington
How to get there
  • Farringdon • 4 min walk
  • Barbican • 8 min walk
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Sheila S
Pasadena, CA4 contributions
Couples
This library is a tribute, in Karl Marx's name, to not only his works but the works and activism of many other radical, progressive thinkers and highlights the importance of worker revolutions, muckraking journalism and political dissent against facism throughout several centuries.
Written September 7, 2015
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,521 contributions
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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.
Written August 2, 2019
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Liz D
Trefriw39 contributions
Friends
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.
Written April 14, 2019
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MrAndrewHaynes
London, UK445 contributions
Friends
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.
Written November 22, 2018
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MA061250
London4 contributions
Solo
The Marx Memorial Library is located in Clerkenwell Green and houses archives from the labour and socialist movements. It provides ideal research opportunities for students from around the world of politics, history or related subjects in a very pleasant building. Tours are organised as Lenin had an office here from where he published ISKRA.It was a unique opportunity to research pamphlets on May Day which was my interest at the time, but it also has unique archive material on the Spanish Civil War for example.
Written October 7, 2015
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Ivor M
London, UK545 contributions
Friends
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.
Written May 8, 2018
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