274 Moseley Road
Birmingham, B12 0BS


Our History

The Birmingham Working Class Movement Library aims to preserve a rich and unique collection of books, newspapers, personal papers and documents associated with the working class movement. Its objective is to expand upon this collection with a library of books and materials related to the social conditions and political organisations of the working class, with specific focus upon the labour movement in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Our collection

Thousands of printed books from the USSR, Peoples Republic of China, and various other socialist countries.

The George Barnsby Collection – being a collection of books and materials collected by the local historian and labour movement activist. The collection includes his original University thesis which formed the basis of his celebrated books Birmingham Working People and A History of Socialism in Birmingham and the Black Country.

The Lalkar Archive – containing a full run of the newspaper published by the Indian Workers Association (GB) 1979 – 2010 and the minutes, papers, photographic archive, making it the premier archive of the Indian workers movement in Britain.

An extensive archive of socialist newspapers from Britain dating from the 1960’s and 1970’s, particularly those associated with the Marxist-Leninist movement.

A voluminous collection of newspapers, internal paperwork and flyers from a myriad of movements in support of the national liberation struggles, including: Vietnam, Palestine, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Chile, Cuba.

Materials and papers relating to the early years of the British socialist movement, including original letters and materials from leading Fabian socialists, early periodicals and pamphlets from the Social Democratic Federation and the Socialist League of William Morris.

Oh, if we draw a circle premature, Heedless of far gain, Greedy for quick returns of profit, sure Bad is our bargain!