• History events at Beveridge 2.0

History events at Beveridge 2.0

  • February 14th, 2018

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 […]

  • A visit from Gandhi

A visit from Gandhi

  • November 10th, 2017

LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about her recent discovery of Mahatma Gandhi‘s speech to a packed LSE lecture theatre.

On 10 November 1931 Mahatma Gandhi spoke in the Old Theatre to an audience of LSE students. He was in London to attend the Second Round Table Conference on the Indian constitution, where he was the sole representative of the Indian National […]

  • The Department of Management at LSE – reflections on the first decade

The Department of Management at LSE – reflections on the first decade

  • April 10th, 2017

Founding head Professor Saul Estrin looks back the first ten years of the Department of Management at LSE.

In the early 2000s, LSE had long been providing excellent management education but in a fragmented way. Guided by then Director Sir Howard Davies, four former departments, henceforth Groups, were merged into the new Department of Management in June 2005. I was […]

  • Muhammad Ali at LSE, 10 October 1971

Muhammad Ali at LSE, 10 October 1971

On 10 October 1971, Muhammad Ali took to the stage in front of a full house at LSE’s Old Theatre. LSE’s Hayley Reed finds out more.

His trip to London was part of a European and the Middle Eastern boxing tour, but he spoke to the audience at LSE about boxing, Black Power and politics.

This issue of the Beaver, the LSE Students’ Union […]

  • The Hellenic Observatory at LSE celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Hellenic Observatory at LSE celebrates its 20th anniversary

  • April 6th, 2016

The Hellenic Observatory, located in LSE’s European Institute, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. Kevin Featherstone looks back at its story so far.

In the mid-1990s, a campaign was launched to establish a Chair on Contemporary Greece that was neither concerned with the ancient or classical past, nor the arts and humanities. LSE would champion the study of contemporary Greek society, politics […]

  • 15 years of MSc Global Media at LSE

15 years of MSc Global Media at LSE

  • January 12th, 2016

LSE’s first double Master’s programme at 15 years old

On November 30 2015 LSE’ s oldest and largest double programme, MSc in Global Media and Communications, celebrated its 15th anniversary. Over 100 alumni, students and colleagues attended the seminar in the Shaw Library and the festive dinner at the Senior Common Room. Professor Craig Calhoun introduced the event, Professor Terhi Rantanen […]

  • Foundations exhibition at LSE Library – Beatrice Webb’s diaries

Foundations exhibition at LSE Library – Beatrice Webb’s diaries

  • December 3rd, 2015

‘Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society’ LSE Library exhibition is a great introduction to the history of LSE’s foundation, from concept to realisation.  It also details some of the personal achievements of notable individuals such as Malinowski and Beveridge. Eleanor Payne, LSE Library, has been giving lunchtime talks in the exhibition this term and shares with us her favourite item from the exhibition.
My […]

  • The Urban Age, ten years on

The Urban Age, ten years on

  • November 17th, 2015

LSE Cities researcher Harry Blain shares the history of the Urban Age Programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Although more than half the global population is now urban dwelling, we are still a long way from resolving some of the major challenges and contradictions of life in the city. Indeed, Alexis de Tocqueville’s comments on Manchester in 1835 […]

  • Lest we forget 1939-1945 – LSE’s Second World War roll of honour

Lest we forget 1939-1945 – LSE’s Second World War roll of honour

  • November 11th, 2015

In 1953 LSE replaced its original war memorial with a new memorial containing the rolls of honour for both the First World War and the Second World War, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. Designed by the School architect R C White-Cooper with the names incised on a single piece of oak. Today the memorial remains in the Old Building […]

  • Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society

Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society

  • September 17th, 2015

LSE Library is opening a new exhibition to share even more of the amazing stories we have within our archives and special collections, writes Eleanor Payne. 

Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society celebrates the achievements of LSE staff and students and investigates the innovative founding principles of the School. Perfect in size for a lunch hour visit, come along and discover how and […]

  • ‘Brilliant rhetoric’ – Malcolm X at LSE, 11 February 1965

‘Brilliant rhetoric’ – Malcolm X at LSE, 11 February 1965

On 11 February 1965 LSE’s Old Theatre was packed to listen to Malcolm X writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly; on 21 February he was murdered while preparing to address a meeting of the Organisation for Afro-American Unity in New York.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. After a difficult and disrupted childhood Malcolm X joined the controversial black […]

  • Space for Thought – LSE’s Literary Festival

Space for Thought – LSE’s Literary Festival

  • January 12th, 2015

What links Denis Diderot, the Guardian’s political cartoons, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Paths of Glory’ and the work of Henry and William James? LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival, now in its seventh year. Festival organiser Louise Gaskell looks back at why LSE established the Literary Festival and at the evolution of this annual event.

The Festival provides a forum for reflection, discussion and analysis […]

  • LSE Research Festival – the story so far in 2014

LSE Research Festival – the story so far in 2014

  • November 25th, 2014

The LSE Research Festival exists for members of the public, colleagues, policy makers and young people to engage with social science research, writes Jane Hindle.
Back in 2012, when planning got underway for LSE Research Festival 2013, it was suggested that a public exhibition of multi-media works by researchers be staged. It was a bold ambition, and one that raised […]

  • Lest we forget 1914-1918 – LSE’s First World War roll of honour

Lest we forget 1914-1918 – LSE’s First World War roll of honour

  • November 11th, 2014

The LSE war memorial hangs alongside the Old Theatre in Old Building and lists the names of 70 staff and students who lost their lives in the First World War. Seventy lives telling seventy stories.

Between 1914 and 1918 the School Governors received regular reports of staff and students who had enlisted, received honours and medals, been wounded, taken prison, […]

  • Remembrance at LSE – the first war memorial

Remembrance at LSE – the first war memorial

  • November 10th, 2014

The move to commission, design and erect a First World War memorial was begun by the Students’ Union in 1921, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. It was unveiled in a ceremony in 1923. 
‘The Students’ Union is anxious to commemorate those students of the School who fell in the Great War, and propose in the first place to erect a memorial […]

  • LSE and the First World War

LSE and the First World War

From student numbers and their curriculum to wartime service and Zeppelin raids, LSE was transformed by the demands of war. Professor David Stevenson investigates the impact of the First World War on LSE. 

On the eve of the First World War, in the academic year 1913/14, 1,681 students were enrolled at the School. Many came from overseas, and 583 were women. LSE was well established […]

  • LSE Enterprise turns 20

LSE Enterprise turns 20

  • April 16th, 2014

LSE expertise is transported from Houghton Street around the world by LSE Enterprise’s consultancy and custom executive education programmes. As the company celebrates its 20th birthday, Rehanna Neky revisits its innovative beginnings.

At the start of the 1990s, several science and engineering based universities were setting up companies to commercialise their research findings. As LSE’s director John Ashworth began discussions […]

  • Two Nobel Peace Prize winners in two days

Two Nobel Peace Prize winners in two days

  • January 14th, 2014

LSE has hosted some of the world’s most high profile statespeople. Alan Revel look back to when two of the most memorable in recent years visited the School on consecutive days in June 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama.

Not many universities can boast visits from two Nobel Peace Prize winners in two days so, although it involved […]