Marx Memorial Library

The Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School

The Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School


Images kindly provided by the Marx Memorial Library

The Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School was founded in 1933 in response to the rise of fascism in Europe. Its aim today remains the advance of education, knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Marxism and the history of socialism and working-class struggle. At the heart of the British labour movement for over 80 years, the Library is home to a unique collection of published and archival sources on related subjects, including the Spanish Civil War, trade unionism and peace and solidarity campaigns. The Library’s education programme – online and on-site – covers subjects ranging from political and economic theory to socialist art.

Material relating to the 1917 Russian Revolution can be found throughout the MML’s collections, most notably

  • Our collection of almost 2,000 posters, with a focus on the Soviet Union. Many of these date from the immediate post-revolutionary period and include artwork by Yakov Moiseevich Guminer, Nikolai Kogout and Vladimir Kozlinsky, to name but a few.
  • Contemporary pamphlets documenting the British labour movement response to the revolution, including pamphlets produced by the National Hands Off Russia Committee.
  • Photographs can be found in our image library amalgamated with our Daily Worker/Morning Star photograph library, including images showing the historic 1920 re-enactment of the storming of the Winter Palace.
  • Printed ephemera including invites and flyers of British demonstrations and meetings held in response to political events in Russia, including the Russian Revolution National Labour and Socialist Convention and Demonstration held in Leeds in 1917.
  • Reports from journals and periodicals such as The Call and Revolution, in addition to a book of press cuttings tracking the revolution day by day accumulated at the time.

The MML is currently working through collections ensuring that they are searchable on our online catalogue here