MayDay Rooms is archive, resource and safe haven for social movements, experimental and marginal cultures and their histories.
We are open: Wednesday–Friday, 11–6pm
Please contact us to book an archival appointment:
in-formation [AT] maydayrooms.org
Find us at:
88 Fleet Street
Tel: 0203 930 9297
Using the Space
We offer free organising and event space for unfunded activist and self-organised education groups, and we ask those who can afford to make a donation on a sliding scale to support the space.
The space is bookable from Monday-Friday and sometimes at the weekend.More
Help us keep going
While we receive some funding, and often apply for small grants for projects, our core operations currently run at a loss. Your donation, whatever its size, will mean that our staff can continue to organise and help maintain our building, keep our events free, activate our historical material, and facilitate a much-needed meeting place in central London in the spirit of solidarity. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated!More
After the success of our first Open Day in November, we decided to join forces with June Givanni’s Pan-African Cinema Archive and Statewatch Archive to open the doors, not to […]
Pagliacci Rossi are hosting MayDay Rooms winter party. The drinks will be flowing 🍻 the tunes will be banging 🔊 and the communism coming ☭ We’ll also be cooking some […]
The current cost-of-living crisis has incentivised a number of strikes in workplaces and sectors all across the country. However, the sphere of production isn’t the only place where a revitalisation […]
Wed, 14.12.2022—Sun, 7.5.2023 MayDay Rooms is happy to have collaborated with the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna on their latest exhibition THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt. Celebrations are […]
What are the political implications of genetic engineering in the twenty-first century? How is life industrially engineered? What kind of lives emerge from contemporary biological assembly lines? But also: How […]
New Architectural Movement Digital Archive
A unique collection of documents from a significant activist movement that challenged the established order of architectural practice both in the private and public sectors goes online in November. In the mid-1970s the New Architecture Movement (NAM) gave a voice to progressive and inclusive initiatives that encouraged people to promote social change and greater equality through their work in the built environment.
The launch of NAM’s archive provides both a new resource for historical research and also a challenge to present and future generations in the field to reinterpret and apply NAM’s radical ideas to current issues. NAM brought together young idealistic architects, engineers and planners from across the UK seeking ways to reform working practices and the planning and development process. In an intensely productive period from 1975-80 the movement ran workshops, campaigns and seminars on a range of issues – professional education and governance, workplace structures, feminism, public sector design, worker unionisation – to create an alternative vision that put the priorities of people and communities ahead of developers,corporations and officials.
Uncovering the Archive
Uncovering the Archive is an archival collaboration between MayDay Rooms and Iniva. We are offering a free series of workshops and screenings to existing youth programmes with an aim to engage young people (16-25) from marginalised communities such as Black and QTIPOC/PGM*, working class, migrant and Disabled. The intention is to introduce the archive as a resource and archiving as a mode of storytelling available to, and representative of, the identities and lives of those normally excluded from history making practices. By working with the collections held both at MDR and Iniva, the programme aims to offer young people with the tools to confidently explore, interrogate and create the stories they want to tell or wish were told through engaging activities that center creative play, conversation and making. By introducing young people to places, digital spaces and people that are made for/representative of them, we hope to empower their claim to history and uphold the integrity of what is important to them.
Stuart Christie Memorial Archive
The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive was founded in the spring of 2021 and is hosted by the Mayday Rooms. The Archive, brought together by researcher Jess Thorne, preserves Stuart Christie’s private library, personal correspondence, his publishing endeavours, oral testimony, radical ephemera and an extensive online library of anarchist films. In an ongoing process, the archive is being expanded to include a larger collection of oral histories, which will explore the sequence of revolts associated with ‘1968’ and the long winter of reaction that followed in the 1970’s.