Freedom Press Library
Freedom Press is the oldest surviving anarchist publishing house in the English
speaking world and the largest in Britain. It is based at 84b Whitechapel High
Street in the East End of London. Alongside its many books and pamphlets, the
group also publish a fortnightly newspaper, Freedom, which is the only regular national anarchist newspaper in the UK.
The Press was founded in 1886 by a group of friends, including Charlotte Wilson
and Peter Kropotkin, who were already publishing Freedom newspaper, and has operated, with short breaks, ever since. Much of the bookshop's
recent history was tied up with Vernon Richards, who ran both it and Freedom Newspaper
from the 1930s until late in the 90s.
Freedom Press also run a bookshop and distribute the output of some North American
anarchist publishers. In 1988 the Bishopsgate Institute received a collection
of books, pamphlets and periodicals on anarchism, on permanent loan from the Whitechapel
publishers. The collection includes works by:
- Guy Aldred
- Mikhail Bakunin
- Camillo Berneri
- Murray Bookchin
- Emma Goldman
- Prince Kropotkin
- Rudolf Rocker
There are many titles on anarchist theory, on the Spanish Civil War and the Sacco-Vanzetti
case. The collection also includes numerous anarchist journals. Any multi-lingual
anarchists interested in helping us to catalogue the works in Greek, Italian,
Spanish and other languages, please get in touch.