Clerkenwell in the 1840s was described as an area of “grovelling, starving poverty”, but it was also home to organisations of radicals, reformers and revolutionaries, fighting for better lives in London, whose activities centred in and around Clerkenwell Green. On the Green today, stands the Marx Memorial Library, with its vast collection of radical materials. Just a short walk from there stands the London Metropolitan Archives, whose records of London’s history go back hundreds of years.
The event includes:
• a 1.5 hour walking tour of Radical Clerkenwell led by David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints: a guide to London’s Radical History
• a tour of of the Marx Memorial Library, and an opportunity to look at its hidden treasures and fascinating materials on this theme
• an exploration of materials on 19th century London and its radical movements held at the London Metropolitan Archives.
37A Clerkenwell Green