The Really Free School – communiqué #1

25 Jan

New occupied Free School in London. More info at:


January – February 2011

Surrounded by institutions and universities, there is newly occupied space where education can be re-imagined. Amidst the rising fees and mounting pressure for ‘success’, we value knowledge in a different currency; one that everyone can afford to trade. In this school, skills are swapped and information shared, culture cannot be bought or sold. Here is an autonomous space to find each other, to gain momentum, to cross-pollinate ideas and actions.

If learning amounts to little more than preparation for the world of work, then this school is the antithesis of education. There is more to life than wage slavery.

This is a part of the latest chapter in a long history of resistance. It is an open book, a pop-up space with no fixed agenda, unlimited in scope, This space aims to cultivate equality through collaboration and horizontal participation. A synthesis of workshops, talks, games, discussions, lessons, skill shares, debates, film screenings. Our time in this building is short, we have the next couple of weeks to zhumba, zhumba, zhumba.

Lets take education into our own hands. Propose a session, share your knowledge, extend your skillz, or just come down to 5 Bloomsbury Square, though the door is on Bloomsbury Way, opposite Swedenbourg House.

5 Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2LX

House Wish List ? All Donations Welcome!

Dust Masks
Much, much Stationery, Materials of many, many sorts
Sleeping Equipment – Mattresses
Nails/Screws/Drill bits/Hammers/Saws
Toilet & HosePipe
Day-Time Support
Kitchen Equipment
Jars/Mugs/Paper Cups
COFFEE, Tea, Sugar
Fruit & Veg

Ideas for Rooms Available For Use


– Wood Workshop/Other
– Kitchen
– Toilet
– Miniscule Courtyard

Ground Floor

– Café/Dining Room
– Social/Welcome Space
– Back Room Bike Room

First Floor

– Round Table Discussion Room
– Projection Facilities, Good Acoustics, Spacious Light Room
– Another smaller room

Second Floor

– Office (Use on Request)
– Smaller Room (Occasional Thouroughfare)
– Medium Room

Book a space that you feel is suitable for what you?d like to do by coming down and
writing on the calendar, or booking online via
This space is an on-going process, a blank slate, lots of potential, but we need your
help to make it as functional and brilliant as it could be.  If you think something could
be useful, bring it!
If you’ve got some time, come down! We could do with a hand in making this happen.



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