Marx Memorial Library Flood Appeal

Announcement, MML, London, United Kingdom

Marx Memorial Library Flood Appeal
- £37,500 raised, £12,500 to go! Can you help?

On 24 September 2019 the Marx Memorial Library suffered a devastating flood. Problems with our flat roof and drainage system meant water gushed through our storerooms. Thanks to a collective effort – MML staff, volunteers, trustees, the fire brigade and Islington Heritage – we avoided major damage to our collections.

However, this event has given impetus to an urgent programme of works to

  • Restore: Undertake remedial work on the roof, drainage and memorial garden to prevent a repeat event. This will, in part, be covered by our insurance with some additional support from Islington Council.
  • Protect: We desperately need to enhance the conservation, storage and security of our most vulnerable archives with new storage, monitoring and detection systems.
  • Transform: This appeal will help us to take the first step towards major capital works. We will create a new restricted fund dedicated to redeveloping and enhancing access to our historic building by increasing capacity and installing accessible facilities.

We need £50,000 to complete this programme of works. To date we have already raised £37,500! A massive thank you goes out to over 75 members and supporters, in addition to Islington Council, Liverpool University Press, the Society for the Study of Labour History and our Vice President actor Maxine Peake who have already contributed.

We aim to raise this sum by Lenin’s 150th birthday this April. Marx House has a proud radical history. In 1902-3 Lenin worked in a small office at 37a Clerkenwell Green editing ISKRA The Spark.

All donors will receive an invite to a special event celebrating Lenin’s birthday.

Please donate online and help us spread the word by sharing our appeal video.

Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School 020 7253 1485
37a Clerkenwell Green
Marx Memorial Library
United Kingdom