Network of Radical Libraries and Archives (NORLA)
NORLA is the Network of Radical Libraries and Archives. We are made up of independent archives from around the UK that hold material relating the radical histories of struggle, emancipation and liberation movements, and counter culture.
In a time when archives and libraries are increasing under threat from closure or increasing centralisation, NORLA was re-established to share resources, skills, and to provide a platform to advocate the importance of independent cultural and heritage resources that reflect the politics of the materials they hold.
At present the NORLA member are; 56a Infoshop, Activist Media Project, Bishopsgate Institute, Feminist Library, George Padmore Institute Archive, MayDay Rooms, Marx Memorial Library, Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive, and Statewatch Archive.
Find out more the archives and their collections here here
Squatting is a Part of the Housing Movement: Practical Squatting Histories 1969-2019
Squatting Is Part of The Housing Movement: Practical Squatting Histories from 1968 to 2019 is the outcome of a residency in MayDay Rooms, and is part of our Housing Struggles Archive that we compiled last year. After an extensive research and a gathering of materials from different archives, including 56a Infoshop, there is now a three box collection of materials on squatting history in the UK. This publication will put the material in context. Download the publication here
leftove.rs is a project that seeks to create a shared online archive of radical, anti-oppressive, and working class movements, and the material traces they have left. The platform will aid the dissemination of archived ephemera from these movements, campaigns, and struggles, casting light on histories of resistance from below. We hope that the project will become a vital resource through opening up archives of radical dissent. It will also offer an occasion to scrutinise digital documents, make connections between materials that conventional cataloguing and metadata systems have often suppressed, and to think of new ways of distributing the archive, or even of creating distributed archives. Find out more here
Activist Media Project
Activist Media Project (AMP) is an archive of activist media in video, photograph and written form. It is also an online platform where media can be stored, annotated, sorted and re-presented to support social and environmental justice movements. The objective of AMP is to preserve activist media and facilitate different processes for individuals and groups to collaborate on: shared readings of histories, ongoing and future campaigns, providing support of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
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Calais Border Struggles Archive
We are currently developing an archive of material recording the events of the Calais border struggle, primarily limited to the period of 2014-2016. As borders become increasingly key sites of anti-racist, anti-capitalist and anti-state struggle, it becomes more important to forge a memory of border struggles against the violences of official history. We're interested in any resources produced throughout this period; campaign ephemera, information bulletins, statements, footage and photographs, practical guides, articles etc. and individuals who were present on the ground in Calais who might be interested in providing oral testimonies.
If you have any material or are interested in getting involved in the archive please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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London Housing Struggles Archive
The London Housing Struggles Archive is a collection of materials related to housing campaigns, squatting and rent strikes. The housing campaigns’ boxes are covering struggles from two different time periods, one spreading from 1975 to 1991 and the other starting around 2010 and reaching the present.
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MDR Residency Program 2017-2018
MayDay Rooms organises 6-month residency program of projects that creatively contribute to our collections and the practice of archival ‘activation', which guides the organisation. At MDR we aim to create dynamic situations – not to sit passively on archival holdings. A commitment to linking historical material to contemporary social struggles guides our archival practices: how we collect, exhibit, and disseminate material. These residencies seek to create a space to engage with practice-led archival research that experiments with new models of 'activation' and helps us to develop our own.
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