April's object was chosen by Lynette Cawthra, Library Manager
‘The Library is full not only of dramatic words, but also of dramatic images', she said. ‘I chose these images as I felt their eloquence spoke for itself'.
The WCML has a collection of fascist and anti-fascist pamphlets and leaflets, spanning a broad range of organisations and campaigns - from the birth of domestic and continental fascism to the present day.
There is a small number of leaflets of Britain's first Fascist party, the British Fascisti (1925-34), and various pamphlets from Oswald Mosley's 'pre-fascist' New Party (1931-32).
In the post-war period, material held here records the splintering of British fascism and its re-emergence in the 1970s with the birth of the National Front and its successful rival, the Anti-Nazi League.
A recent donation to the Library was a large folder of pamphlets and other material about Burnley Anti-Nazi League's work from the 1990s onwards.
The Library will be collecting a wide range of material from the 2010 General Election campaign for use by future readers - in line with our founders' belief in the importance of working class people learning from history in their struggle to improve their world.
Please contact us if you would like a copy of our new A4-size flyer ‘History Lesson' illustrating anti-fascist material from the Library's collections.
Other resources on our website
Click here to go to our Fascism page