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    Africa at LSE – Full text of Nelson Mandela speech at LSE on 6 April 2000

Africa at LSE – Full text of Nelson Mandela speech at LSE on 6 April 2000

On 6 April 2000,  Nelson Mandela delivered a speech entitled Africa and Its Position in the World Today at LSE. The full transcript of this speech is below. You can also follow this link to watch a video of his speech.

Ladies and gentlemen. Forgive me if I am somewhat nervous. I come, as you know from the colonies! We […]

Theodore Gregory and early Economics at LSE

Sir Theodore Gregory (1890-1970) could be said to epitomise LSE. A student and member of staff from 1910 to 1937, he was international in outlook; interested in theory, practice and history; a gifted teacher; and valued by governments and institutions across the world, writes Robert Bigg. Gregory was, appropriately, one of the inaugural Honorary Fellows of the School in 1958.

Theodor […]

History events at Beveridge 2.0

Listen to podcasts from the free history events at the Beveridge 2.0 LSE Festival, 19-24 February 2018. Topics include the Second World War, the Welfare State and LSE in the 1930s. The LSE Library exhibition “A Time for Revolutions: Making the Welfare State” is still open to visitors.
Listen to podcasts
Beveridge in Context: reconstruction planning during the Second World War and after
Wednesday 21 February 2018 […]

February 14th, 2018|Beveridge 2.0, Events|0 Comments|

What’s the future of the welfare state?

In 1942, former LSE Director William Beveridge launched his blueprint for a British universal care system. As part of the School’s celebration, this academic year, of the 75th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge report, the LSE IQ podcast asks, “What’s the future of the welfare state?”

Whether it is the underfunding of the NHS or the amount we spend […]

February 9th, 2018|Beveridge 2.0|0 Comments|

Pioneers of the social sciences

LSE is a world-leading pioneer of the social sciences. Subjects like international relations, social policy, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology and criminology all have their origins as subjects of university study in the innovative work carried out by LSE academics. Here are a selection of examples from LSE’s early years.
Academic accountancy in Britain was pioneered at LSE by a […]

December 27th, 2017|Academic life|0 Comments|
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    Margaret and Brian Roper – from LSE to freedom of the City of Bath

Margaret and Brian Roper – from LSE to freedom of the City of Bath

In 2014 LSE alumni Margaret and Brian Roper received the freedom of Bath following years of community work and philanthropy in the city. Hayley Reed explores their lives as LSE students in the 1950s-1960s.
The Ropers in Bath
Margaret and Brian Roper made regular generous donations to organisations across Bath over decades, through their company Roper Rhodes and the Roper Family Charitable Trust.

Brian received an MBE in […]

November 20th, 2017|People, Student life, Women|0 Comments|

LSE Library’s collections and the First World War

Professor David Stevenson, LSE Department of International History, provides a brief look at LSE during wartime and introduces LSE Library’s collections relating to the First World War. The archives include evidence from well-known suffragettes, the Scottish Women’s Hospital organisation’s work in Macedonia, and Belgian refugees in Tunbridge Wells.
LSE and the First World War
When the First World War began, LSE had been established […]

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    A Vice Chancellor’s portrait – Sir William Beveridge in the Shaw Library

A Vice Chancellor’s portrait – Sir William Beveridge in the Shaw Library

William Beveridge was Director of LSE 1919-1937. In 1926 he also became Vice Chancellor of the University of London. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly finds out how LSE commissioned artist William Nicholson to paint a portrait of Beveridge to mark the occasion.

On 25 June 1926 LSE Director, William Beveridge was elected to the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of London. In […]

Researching inequality – LSE and the Ratan Tata Trust

The story of the Ratan Tata Trust’s 20 year support for research into “the administration of relief and prevention of destitution” illustrates LSE’s long relationship with both South Asia and the search for a solution to inequality, finds LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly.

In 1912 Sir Ratan Tata (1871-1918) gave the University of London a generous donation of £1,400 per year […]

LSE in the American Century

There has long been has been an overlap between the history of LSE and the USA, often personified in well-known individuals like JFK and Rockefeller. In this episode of podcast series The Ballpark, LSE’s United States Centre uncovers the real relationship between Americans, London and LSE.


Professor Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS, believes LSE has helped shape the United States, and in turn Americans have […]