56a: A radical social center since 1991

WHAT IS 56a?

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56a bikes recycling

56 Crampton St. is far more than a simple street of London.

Hidden within the Elephant & Castle area, this street represents an extremely resourceful point in terms of knowledge, culture, and history of London’s South Bank.

It is within this area that not so long ago, in 1991, 56a was born.

But what is 56a?

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This short effect name represents a social radical center, bookshop, and bike repair shop founded by a group of anarchists aimed to create a meeting point where people can find themselves and other people. In spite of its small dimension (it can contain about 25 people), 56a is a truly cultural space in which the process of developing knowledge starts as soon as you move your firsts steps within the building. Every single wall is full of books, posters, pamphlets and still more interesting is the open-access archive, which contains more than 70,000 items covering anarchist, situationist, squatting, and anti-capitalist theories developed from the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s.

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INTERACTION: 56a CAN!

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No experience needed. Just willingness to shuffle papers and sort leaflets. Get to know the archive! Meet the nerds at 56a. Be a nerd yourself! Drink tea, file and destroy capitalism (slowly)!! See you there

MORE FROM THE ARCHIVE…

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56a ENTRANCE

ARCHIVE/BOOKSHOP SLIDESHOW

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LIBRARY SEARCH                                                                                                                                       Interact with the archive even at home

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THE BIKE REPAIR SHOP

‘The 56a bike workshop is a space for Do-It-Yourself repairs and is run solely by volunteers. We have repair space and tools, as well as cheap new and second-hand parts like inner tubes, spokes, brake pads, cables, and patch kits etc.’ (56a Team)

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56a BIKES AREA SLIDESHOW

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56a posters and and writings on the wall
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