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
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During the evening, we are going to discuss some of the ways in which international activists and Palestinians have attempted to break the blockade imposed on Gaza since 2008. By […]
La Linterna, (The Lantern) is a letterpress printing workshop based in Cali, Colombia, which was established in 1934. It is dedicated to artisan printing of posters using linoleum engraving and […]
We know that for some of you, it is not always possible to visit our archive during the regular working week, so we are opening our doors to the public […]
VAGUE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ANARCHO-PUNK FANZINES with Tom Vague and Tony D (Ripped And Torn/Kill Your Pet Puppy)
To celebrate the publication, by PC-Press of a brand new compendium ‘Vague Fanzines Book, Vol. 1: 1979-1984: Issues 1-15’, which lovingly reproduces the first 15 issues of Vague in A4-sized […]
Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (1981-2000) was a historic protest camp established by women to oppose the presence of nuclear weapons at RAF Greenham Common, in Berkshire, England. The camp […]
ARCHIVE AND EXHIBITION
We are collecting materials and stories from live and historical campaigns working for peace. We want to create an inspiring open-access archive showing a wide range of campaigns and movements. Peace groups, demilitarisation activities, anti-militarist campaigns, feminist responses to war, anti-war mobilisations, pacifist education are just some examples of what we’re looking for. We want leaflets, interviews, oral histories, newspapers, videos, films, banners, stencils to be made available online and in a touring exhibition. No contribution is too small! We will favour campaigns active within our lifetimes, but would be happy to consider materials dating all the way back to the opposition to the First World War. The geographical focus is Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but we are also interested in international and transnational campaigns.
Uncovering the Archive
The programme offers a free series of workshops & screenings with an aim to engage young people (18-25) from marginalised backgrounds and/or those who have not engaged with archives before or are not currently in higher education. The intention is to introduce the archive as a resource and archiving as a mode of storytelling available to, and representative of, those who are normally excluded from history- making practices. By working with the collections held at MDR, partnered archives, cultural spaces and creative practitioners working with archives, 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 centre 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 what is important to them.
The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Histories of Direct Action
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 of struggle is emerging. Struggles in the sphere of circulation, from energy bill refusal to mass shoplifting, have re-emerged as proletarian responses to our ongoing crises. From Marius Jacob’s ‘night workers’ to the ‘proletarian shopping’ of 1970s Italy, from the Poll Tax federations to student rent strikes, there is a historical precedent for this activity that must be explored and analysed if we wish to push these contemporary struggles further.