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Socialist Challenge calendars 1979 and 1980

October 19, 2019

Here are a couple of very interesting items- the Socialist Challenge calendars for 1979 and 1980.

Each was 13 pages (cover plus 12 months) in large, A2 format with nice glossy pictures.

The ones we saw had been separated into their individual pages and (presumably) used as posters- so a few pages, including the 1979 cover, are missing.

The picture quality is poor as they are too big to scan and I had to photograph them on my phone at a funny angle. I may do a better job in future.


Free Citizen, Unfree Citizen…

September 18, 2019

We have just added a dozen more copies of the Peoples Democracy paper Free Citizen to our files.

First series nos 48, 50 and 51 and then Volume 2 (from October 1970) nos 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13.

Free Citizen was a weekly four page stapled bulletin.


It was later superceded by Unfree Citizen which appeared in tabloid newspaper format and we have also added a further issue of this: Unfree Citizen v4 no9 2nd December 1974



Winter in the International Bookshop- an appeal for help in tracking down a photo…

September 13, 2019

Five Leaves Books in Nottingham is looking for any photos of Pat Jordan’s International bookshop at 4, Dane Street in Nottingham.

They have failed to find any, even of the building at another time, through local contacts and the local history scene. The photos are for the forthcoming book, Winter in the Bookshop, which is a memoir of the place.

Can you help? Do you know anyone who might be able to?

The Holy Grail of British Trotskyism…

September 5, 2019

Of all the ephemera and memorabilia ever produced by the Trotskyist movement, surely this must be the most unusual…

A gold-glazed pottery figurine of a Red Mole wielding a hammer and a sickle…

These were made in the 1970s by John Anderson and there were two variants- the one pictured, which belongs to Derek Allder, and another one which has the Mole without the tools but with his fist raised above his head.

Thanks to Derek for the photos of his Mole and to Steve Griffiths for alerting us to their existence.

I look forward to the day one of these appears on the Antiques Roadshow.

International Viewpoint – 1982 to 2004

August 10, 2019

It has taken us a while but we have now scanned a substantial run of International Viewpoint, English language magazine of the USFI.


The magazine ran from issue 0 in 1982 as a fortnightly and later monthly, through to no 362 at the end of 2004 at which point it became the internet-only publication which it remains to this day.


We have scanned around 285 issues working from a partial collection of duplicate issues.

We have all the remaining issues but they are tightly bound and not easy to scan!



Mandelism for beginners…

July 28, 2019

The Socialist Party (ex-Militant) and its international body the CWI have split, with the defectors being accused of petty-bourgeois ‘Mandelism’

Well known Pabloite revisionist Andrew Coates has a very good overview of the split and a useful primer on Ernest Mandel here: Tendance Coatesy


Socialist Woman- a total perspective of women’s liberation…

July 27, 2019

The website RedFlagWalks has a number of writings on the Women’s Liberation Movement including this very detailed overview of Socialist Woman which draws heavily on our files.

The site also has articles on Shrew, Red Rag, Scarlet Woman etc.

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