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
Join the MDR’s Friends scheme to help us sustain our archive as a resource for movements today, to continue to programme events and outreach around our collections, and provide meeting spaces, all free of cost.More
Upcoming & Recent EventsMore
Stop the Boats? Free the Captains!
The British government is opening a new chapter in a long history of its racist and classist border regime, promising to “stop the boats” crossing the channel – even in […]
Radio Alliances, Affective Listening & Collective Practices of the Undercommons
with Silvia Maglioni, Stevphen Shukaitis and Graeme Thomson How can we expand the potentialities of radio to be a membrane for affective connection between daily life practices, musical and sonic […]
Proletarian Shopping: The Cost Of Living Meets Popular Expropriation
Join us for another session at Mayday Rooms on everyday direct actions as processes of survival. This month we’ll be looking together at small everyday proletarian actions like shoplifting to […]
Radical Pedagogies: Red Sunday School
MayDay Rooms presents a series of workshops exploring radical pedagogies which produce new ways of learning and activate alternative political futures. This month’s workshop will be facilitated by Red Sunday […]
‘They call it love’ with Alva Gotby and the Wages for Housework Collection
Join us for an afternoon workshop where we will hear about Alva Gotby’s new book They Call It Love alongside material from MayDay Rooms’ Wages for Housework collection. They Call […]
MayDay Rooms ProjectsAll Projects
Seize the Media
Indymedia was a global network of Independent Media Centres (IMC) which saw its heyday in the first two decades of the 21st Century. Self-organised networks of local activists covered international resistance to capitalism, ecocide, neocolonialism and many other local and international struggles. Indymedia became synonymous with the issues taken up by the Global Justice Movement. Powered by the internet and built on IMC servers, Indymedia embodied the ethos of DIY journalism and autonomous media. It is a vital part of the pre-history of social media and digitally-enabled activism.
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.