News and events

News and events from The Sparrows' Nest.

We are very happy to announce we have just added a lot of  documents to our Digital Library. Some had been requested by visitors, others will be used for an event later this year (details TBC), and some were just random interesting things we came across whilst processing new donations and updating the records for our existing collections. So please see below for an ecclectic mix of awesome punk fanzines and plently of journals and newspapers from five decades...

The Sparrows’ Nest anarchist library and archive was launched in Nottingham in December 2008. Ten years later, we look after tens of thousands of documents focussing on the history of anarchist groups and individuals in the UK and beyond as well as the history of other social movements in Nottingham and the wider area. Our work aims to preserve such records and to make them available to interested audiences, furthering an understanding of past struggles and aiding struggles fought today.

As our final Document of the Month for 2018, we have chosen another publication from 1968 (see also the People's Histreh blog regarding the various activities we were involved with to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Revolts). This issue of the first series of Anarchy was until very recently not yet part of our collections, thanks again for the generous donation to fill that gap. Published shortly after the events in Paris, it discusses the involvement of students in the revolts in various parts of the world:

Anarchy (First Series) 090 Vol:08 #08, 1968

Please see below all the materials we have added recently to the Digital Library. This time we have a number of issues of Anarchy (First Series) and a lot of issues of Black Flag. These will be the last additions we will make in 2018. Thanks again to RedMoleRising for the generous loan of digitising equipment and many thanks to everyone who has donated to and accessed our collections during this busy but exciting year at the Nest!

We will have only one more regular opening day this year: next Wed 28th November, 11am-2pm. During all of December our doors will remain shut before we will open again as normal from Wed 2nd January 2019 (11am-2pm).

Should you want to visit in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch and we will arrange for a visit by appointment. Furthermore, our Digital Library will of course remain open 24/7, so if you want to dive into some fine sources over the holidays, go for it (loads of additions to be announced next week)!

Please be aware that although emails and the phone will be checked during December, response times will be significantly slower as normal.