About this Archive
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.