The collection

Approximately 1,500 20th-century works relating to socialism, Marxism and Trotskyist groups. The collection was used for research purposes when in Al Richardson’s possession, and provides raw material for Socialist Platform’s journal Revolutionary History. It is thought to be one of the best collections of its kind in the United Kingdom.


The collector

Al Richardson (1941-2003), a Trotskyist historian and activist (see obituary in The Guardian, 24 Jan. 2004). The collection includes the archives of Jim Higgins (1930-2002), also a prominent Trotskyist activist and writer.



Donated by Socialist Platform (established by Richardson) in 2004.



Awaiting cataloguing.


Related archives

MS1117, Al Richardson / Jim Higgins papers.