Archives

56A iNFOSHOp

The 56a archive, and book and zine collection, containse material on;

(trans)feminism, anti-colonialism, anti-globalisation, environmentalism, squatting, anti-fascism, No Borders, queer politics/organising, anarchism, situationism, autonomism, anti-civilisation, anti-capitalism, radical pedagogy, diy, bikes, self-care, cooperatives, permaculture, consensus organising, and loads loads more…

They have 1400+ books and about 50,000 other pamphlets, papers and leaflets in the archive too.
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ACTIVIST MEDIA PROJECT

AMP is an archive of activist media in video, photograph and written form. It is also an online platform where media can be stored, annotated, sorted and re-presented to support social and environmental justice movements.

The objective of AMP is to preserve activist media and facilitate different processes for individuals and groups to collaborate on:

  • shared readings of histories
  • ongoing and future campaigns
  • providing support of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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George Padmore Institute archive

The George Padmore Institute Archive collect and provide access to archives and rare publications relating predominantly to the experience of the black community in Britain and internationally, especially in the Caribbean. The archives are supplemented by material from Africa and Asia. Please note that we do not hold any primary documents relating to George Padmore. The Institute has been named in memory of his life and vision by our late founding Chair, John La Rose.

We have a diverse range of archives comprising written and audio material, visual material and also photographs. The Institute has catalogued over 11,000 records to date. The archives are post Windrush in date, the majority covering the period 1960s-1990s.
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BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES

Bishopsgate Institute’s printed and archival collections cover a variety of subject areas exploring the experiences of everyday people, and facilitating the study of history from below. With a special focus on activities in and around the Capital, the archives and collections we hold can be grouped in to seven major collecting areas: 

  • Co-operation 
  • Feminist and Women’s History
  • Freethought and Humanism 
  • The Great Diary Project (https://www.thegreatdiaryproject.co.uk/)
  • Labour and Socialist History
  • LGBTQ+ History
  • UK Leather and Fetish Archive
  • London History
  • Raphael Samuel and History Workshop Archive
  • Protest and Campaigning.

We are also home to a growing number of photographic collections (with a focus on street photography), and oral history collections created by heritage projects and community groups.  
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Marx memorial library

Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School was founded in 1933 with the aim of advancing education, knowledge and learning in all aspects of the science of Marxism, the history of Socialism and the working class movement.

At the heart of the British Labour Movement for over eighty years, the Library is home to a unique collection of published and archival sources on related subjects including the trade unionism, peace and solidarity movements and the Spanish Civil War.

The Library’s education programme – online and onsite – examines subjects ranging from Marxist political economy to socialist art. The Library itself is a historic building rooted in Clerkenwell’s radical tradition. We are a charity, financed by members and affiliates.
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FEMINIST LIBRARY

The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of feminist literature, particularly Women’s Liberation Movement materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s. We support research, activist and community projects in this field. The Library is also an autonomous feminist community space. The Library is trans-inclusive, welcomes visitors of any gender, does not require registration or membership, and provides an intersectional, non-sectarian space for the exploration of feminism.

Material at the feminist library include 5000+ non-fiction books, 2500+ fiction works, 500+ poetry publications and 1,500+ periodicals.
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MAYDAY ROOMS aRCHIVE

MayDay Rooms is an organising and educational space for activists, social movements and radicals. Our building in the centre of London contains an archive of historical material linked to social struggles, resistance campaigns, experimental culture, and the expression of marginalised and oppressed groups. We offer organising and event space for activist and self-education groups, and run a full programme of events including film screenings, poetry readings, “scan-a-thons” for digitising archival material.

Our archive focuses on social struggles, radical art, and acts of resistance from the 1960s to the present: it contains everything from recent feminist poetry to 1990s techno paraphernalia, from situationist magazines to histories of riots and industrial transformations, from 1970s educational experiments to prison writing.
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THE SPARROWS’ NEST AND ARCHIVE

Curating tens of thousands of books, journals, pamphlets, zines, leaflets, posters and other archival materials, we focus on the history of anarchist groups and individuals in the UK and beyond, as well as other social movements, protests and radicalism in Nottingham and the wider regions of East Midlands & South Yorkshire. Visit us in Nottingham (UK) or access thousands of documents in our Digital Library, with more being added all the time.

We hold huge collections of papers including Freedom, Anarchy (First and Second Series), Black Flag, Direct Action and thousands of other titles. Pamphlets, punk zines, leaflets, posters, as well as extensive collections of books on history, philosophy, economics and much more are available to be explored. Local materials include e.g. documents from campaigns such as the fight against the Poll Tax, or the local anti-militarist/peace movement, as well as many rare and otherwise hard to access titles, including Grass Roots, Nottingham Voice, Nottingham Women’s Diary, Gay Nottingham, Outright, Gay East Midlands, Virus, Nottingham Anarchist News, Flux and many, many more.


STATEWATCH aRCHIVE


Statewatch archive has been gathered over 40 years and holds unique materials from national and local activism in pamphlet format, from hereRoneo to lithographic publications, plus badges alongside key books ranging from the 1920s onwards and many hard copy EU documents which predate the EU’s digitisation of its records. Our specialism is civil liberties and the state.

It is organised in seven collections:Nearly 800 books and paperbacks – including classic historical sources.

  • Nearly 800 books and paperbacks – including classic historical sources.
  • Over 2,500 pamphlets (“grey literature”) on political and social struggles and movements.(700+ to be added)
  • EU documents: over 1,000 hard copy documents and reports from the pre-web era.
  • ABC Case Archive donated by Crispin Aubrey’s family – 75+ files.
  • Special Collection: Currently has 55+ large subject files   which are unique (some of which “dropped off the back of a lorry” g. the BBC TV News discussion files 1977-1979);
  • Journals: complete and partial runs of 60+ publications;
  • Badges: 450+

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