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This month we are featuring something from the latest stash of documents added to the Digital Library. Documenting grassroots organisation against the revived arms race in the 1980s, this Nottingham CND Bulletin is fascinating for a number of reasons, not least as the wonderful hand drawn map on page two exemplifies how much work pre-demo route planning could be in the days before digital maps!
This month we added a lot of materials to the Digital Library. Please see below a full list of the eclectic mix, containing e.g. Punk Zines and heaps of great local(ish) materials. Prominent amongst the latter are long running LGBTQ+ papers and newssheets from the 1980s and 1990s as well as Nottingham CND materials from the 1980s, documenting e.g. blockades and other actions in and around the military bases in Chilwell and Molesworth.
Just the title of this document would have justified featuring it as our very first Document of the Month in 2019. Handpicked from a large stash of documents added to the Digital Library this week, we hope you enjoy this example of 1980s radical publishing...
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.
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