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Marking the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party at the Marx Memorial Library

15 May 2020

Marking the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party at the Marx Memorial Library


This event has been funded by the Society for the Study of Labour History and is being held to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party.

The day is targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students, Communist Party history enthusiasts, archivists and other heritage professionals.

We anticipate a number of outcomes from the session, including developing the archival research skills of attendees, mapping and promoting existing Communist Party archive resources, and enthusing early career academics and heritage professionals on labour history.


11.00 – 11.20
Registration & refreshments

11.20 – 12.00
The History of the Communist Party and its archives - Professor Mary Davis (Royal Holloway, University of London/Marx Memorial Library), Dr Andrew Flinn (University College London).

12.00 – 13.00
Mapping resources - panel discussion chaired by Janette Martin (John Rylands Library) with contributions from Simon Sheppard (People’s History Museum), Alain Kahan (Working Class Movement Library), Lesley Ruthven (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Meirian Jump (Marx Memorial Library).

13.00 – 13.45

13.45 – 15.15
Workshops (access to digital resources and originals) led by Marco Humbel (University College London), Simon Sheppard, and Meirian Jump & tour of the MML led by Simon Renton (Marx Memorial Library)

15.15 – 16.00
Archives in action: reflections - panel discussion chaired by Marj Mayo (Goldsmiths, University of London) with contributions from Ben Harker (University of Manchester), Lydia Syson (writer), and Phil Katz (Communist Party).

Capacity will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees to ensure maximum participant engagement throughout the day.

If you are interested in attending, please register for a ticket through our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-archives-on-the-centenary-of-the-foundation-of-the-communist-party-tickets-93480371307.

A limited number of bursaries are available to cover the cost of travel for postgraduate students wishing to attend the Explore Archives Day. Students wishing to apply for a bursary should contact Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager at the Marx Memorial Library at m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk. The deadline for bursary applications is 5pm Monday 2 March 2020. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by Friday 6 March 2020.

This event is, unfortunately, postponed as a result of the ongoing covid-19 crisis.

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