The Marx Memorial Library, based in Clerkenwell has started offering guided tours of its building and library.

This will allow people to visit the room and desk where Lenin worked in exile in London in 1902/3, to see the banners of the British Battalion of volunteers in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and view artifacts from major industrial disputes, such as the minerworkers’ and Wapping strikes of the 1980s.

In addition, the Grade II listed building’s historic vaults, which date back to the fifteenth century, can be visited, as well as a memorial courtyard dedicated to media workers killed in the 20th century war against fascism, from Spain in 1936 to victory in Europe in 1945.

Tours, which started just this week, and will take place  on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm, can be booked here and cost £3-£5.

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