Newsletter of the Marx Memorial Library

Information and announcements






ONLINE AND ONSITE BOOK LAUNCH: The Selected Works of Clive Branson


We're very excited to host this event celebrating the work of artist, International Brigade volunteer, communist and MML founder, Clive Branson. Clive and his wife, Noreen, were instrumental in obtaining the building the library resides in and we still hold his personal papers, including some of his sketches, in our collections today.

The Selected Poems of Clive Branson brings together, for the first time, the best of his surviving poetry. Passionate and committed, it’s a first-hand account of the most violent years of the twentieth-century – Britain in the Slump, Spain during the civil-war, Fascist prisons, the London Blitz, the cultural shock of India and its poverty, the war against Japan – recorded with a painterly eye and a communist faith in the power of the people.


7pm, Thursday 28th September

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ONLINE AND ONSITE PANEL: The 1973 Shrewsbury Trial Conspiracy


On the 50th anniversary of the Shrewsbury ‘conspiracy’ trial Eileen Turnbull and Terry Renshaw will detail the conspiracy between the Tory government, building contractors and the police to frame and imprison 24 pickets for their participation in the building workers strike the previous year. The meeting will be chaired by John Hendy KC.


Eileen Turnbull is Researcher for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign and author of A Very British Conspiracy: the Shrewsbury 24 and the Campaign for Justice published this year. A trade union lawyer, she received a doctorate for her research on the trial from the University of Liverpool in 2018. Terry Renshaw, a convicted Shrewsbury picket, is a member of the Campaign Committee.


7pm, Thursday 5th October

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ONLINE COURSE: An Introduction to Marxism


This course will cover an introduction to Marxist theory, applying it to a discussion of relevant issues today, such as: the changing nature of work and exploitation, austerity and the gig economy, racism, women’s oppression, class society, climate change, and revolutionary practice.


It is taught via 'Moodle' which provides access to all necessary readings and materials, supplemented by fortnightly zoom seminars detailed below.


The course is structured around four interrelated and overlapping themes:

1. Marxism and history. 

2. Marxist philosophy. 

3. Marxism and economics. 

4. Marxism and revolution. 


Course starts on Tuesday 3rd October.

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Book Sale


We're pleased to announce our next book sale on the 14th October!

Come along for a chance to find Marxist classics, socialist histories and rare pamphlets.

October's book sale will specialise in material on the Spanish Civil War.









Reading Room Reopen


Last week we started to welcome back researchers into the library reading room after our summer closure.

The reading room is open by appointement 11-4, Tuesday-Thursday each week for researchers to use our collections. If you would like to view any of the material we hold in the library, please email with at least 3 working day's notice to book a desk.







October Tours


Next month we'll be running additional tours of the Library on at 4pm each Thursday, as well as our usual tours at 12pm each Monday. 

Book now to learn more about the library, the history of our buidling and some of our amazing collections!

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