The British Library of Economics and Political Science opened at LSE in 1896. Here we explore the LSE Library: its history and its collections.

  • LSE students get the ‘Third Degree’!

LSE students get the ‘Third Degree’!

  • January 10th, 2018

While reviewing what happens when new material arrives in the LSE Library archive, a series of photographs led Ellie Robinson to discover that an LSE team had competed in the BBC Radio quiz called Third Degree in 1968. 

Among a file from LSE’s Conferences team was a number of black and white photographs of what appeared to be a party and of some sort of BBC […]

  • From the archives – what did LSE’s homepage look like in 1996?

From the archives – what did LSE’s homepage look like in 1996?

  • December 31st, 2017

LSE’s homepage looked very different in 1996, discovers LSE Library’s Daniel Payne. Find out what it looked like and read Daniel’s tips for exploring historic websites.

This archived homepage provides an insight into life at LSE in 1996, when you could find out about the newly appointed Director Anthony Giddens, buy a soup on campus for 85p, and study the LLB where […]

  • Was your (great) grandmother a suffragette? Tips for using LSE Library’s resources to trace your ancestors

Was your (great) grandmother a suffragette? Tips for using LSE Library’s resources to trace your ancestors

  • December 20th, 2017

LSE Library receives many enquiries from people who want to find out more about members of their family who were involved in the suffrage movement. Gillian Murphy looks at some of the resources available at LSE Library which might reveal information about a long-lost relative.

Historical background

The Women’s Library grew out of the work of London Society for Women’s Suffrage […]

  • From the archives – trouble at the LSE refectory in 1955

From the archives – trouble at the LSE refectory in 1955

  • December 11th, 2017

While exploring the Lionel Robbins Papers for LSE Library, Kathryn Hannan found evidence of a short-lived dispute lost to history, which took her to the Beaver archives in LSE’s Digital Library. A complaint about campus food prices in October 1955 had resulted in a one-day boycott of the refectory and a motion put forward by the Students’ Union for a new […]

  • Clare Market Review through the ages

Clare Market Review through the ages

  • December 6th, 2017

Named after the 17th Century food market that LSE now partially occupies, Nash Croker introduces Clare Market Review. The oldest student-run journal in the UK. It began in 1905 and is relaunching for Lent term 2018.

Produced at LSE since 1905, it has been both a leading academic journal for the social sciences as well as, more recently, an important  cultural document […]

  • LSE Library’s collections and the First World War

LSE Library’s collections and the First World War

  • November 14th, 2017

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 […]

  • The Commonwealth Countries League archive

The Commonwealth Countries League archive

  • October 16th, 2017

LSE Library holds the archive and newsletters of the Commonwealth Countries League. Curator Gillian Murphy explores its founding and some of the people and topics that were covered at its conferences in the 1930s.

The British Commonwealth League was founded in 1925 to promote equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women in Commonwealth countries as depicted in this book […]

  • James Meade and the GATT

James Meade and the GATT

  • May 24th, 2017

LSE professor James Meade was a Nobel Prize-winning economist whose work shaped twentieth century international trade policy. His archives are held by LSE Library and featured in the exhibition A Wealth of Ideas: economics and LSE. Indy Bhullar, Curator of Economics and Social Policy at LSE Library, discusses Meade’s work along with that of LSE stalwarts Lionel Robbins and Hugh Dalton.

Trade agreements are […]

  • Vera ‘Jack’ Holme – one of the stars of the Women’s Library Collection

Vera ‘Jack’ Holme – one of the stars of the Women’s Library Collection

The LSE Women: making history Library series highlights women’s stories from some of the archives and special collections held at LSE Library. Curator Gillian Murphy shares the story of one of her favourite archives in the Women’s Library collection: that of Vera ‘Jack’ Holme.  She was a militant suffragette, chauffeur to the Pankhursts, cross-dressing actress and aid worker. This post uses photographs from […]

  • Eglantyne Jebb and the ‘Respected & Protected – The Rights of Children’ exhibition

Eglantyne Jebb and the ‘Respected & Protected – The Rights of Children’ exhibition

  • March 8th, 2017

The LSE Women: making history Library series highlights women’s stories from some of the archives and special collections held at LSE Library. Assistant archivist Kate Higgins discusses the archive of Eglantyne Jebb, children’s rights activist.

On 19 January I attended the launch of a free exhibition at the Central Family Court in Holborn, Respected & Protected: The Rights of Children, which documents […]

  • Edith Summerskill in the archives

Edith Summerskill in the archives

  • March 1st, 2017

The LSE Women: making history Library series highlights women’s stories from some of the archives and special collections held at LSE Library. Curator Daniel Payne shares Edith Summerskill’s fight for women’s rights.

In her first speech at the House of Commons as Labour MP for Warrington, Dr Edith Summerskill said:
“There is a saying that women are no good at figures, that they […]

  • Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

LSE Library has been home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives since 1988. It’s an extensive collection of archives, ephemera and printed material documenting the development of gay activism in the UK since the 1950s. But how did it come to LSE and what does it hold? Curator Gillian Murphy introduces the collection. Visit the free exhibition Glad to be Gay.

 
The origins
The […]

  • Archive of the Movement for the Ordination of Women

Archive of the Movement for the Ordination of Women

  • December 1st, 2016

The archive of the campaigning organisation the Movement for the Ordination of Women has been completely catalogued by archivist Fabiana Barticioti and it is now available for consultation at LSE Library.

The Movement for the Ordination of Women (MOW) operated from 1979 to 1994 and was the major organisation to campaign for women to become priests in the Church of […]

  • The Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

The Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

  • October 31st, 2016

The Gay Liberation Front held its first meeting in a basement classroom at LSE in 1970. It had a short life and in its wake, numerous gay and lesbian groups emerged. Here, Curator Gillian Murphy introduces the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in south London. LSE Library holds the Hall-Carpenter Archive, which contains the papers of gay activists and organisations, ephemera […]

  • Charles Booth’s London – mapping Victorian lives

Charles Booth’s London – mapping Victorian lives

LSE Library’s Indy Bhullar explores the UNESCO inscripted Charles Booth archive, the LSE connection and how the archive came to LSE Library. The archive encompasses Charles Booth’s investigation into poverty in Victorian London and includes the Booth Maps.

A diary entry by Beatrice Webb from April 1886 records her attendance at the first meeting of a fledgling group of social investigators called […]

  • The beginnings of the Russian Collection at LSE

The beginnings of the Russian Collection at LSE

  • June 22nd, 2016

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Graham Camfield explores the beginnings of the Russian Collection at LSE’s Library.

The acquisition of material in Russian developed slowly and spasmodically before the Second World War. One of the early items entered in the Acquisitions […]

  • European Liaison Group archive at LSE

European Liaison Group archive at LSE

  • June 20th, 2016

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Kate Higgins shares the story of one of LSE’s newest collections, the European Liaison Group archive.

The archive of the European Liaison Group (ELG), an anti-Soviet campaign group for Eastern and Central European exile communities, was […]

  • The Women’s Library at 90

The Women’s Library at 90

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Gillian Murphy tells the story of The Women’s Library at LSE, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

The origins of The Women’s Library can be traced back to the suffrage movement. Out of the 1866 Women’s Suffrage […]

  • The women behind the suffrage banner

The women behind the suffrage banner

  • June 8th, 2016

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Gillian Murphy explores the women behind the names on the suffrage banner inspired by the 1866 women’s suffrage petition. LSE’s collections on early suffragist history are currently on display in the LSE Library exhibition Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 […]