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

  • 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 current 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 […]

  • 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. Kate Higgins discusses the archive of Eglantyne Jebb, children’s rights activist, currently on display in Holborn.

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

  • 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

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 Board of Statistical Research.  Webb’s neat summary of the object of the committee – “to get a fair picture of the whole of London society – the 4,000,000!” – is a wry (and wary) […]

  • 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 […]

  • The 1866 women’s suffrage petition

The 1866 women’s suffrage petition

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 story behind 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 Women’s Suffrage Petition to the Fawcett Society. 

On […]

  • Three who shaped LSE Library collections

Three who shaped LSE Library collections

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 remembers three Acquisitions Officers who shaped the collections the Library has today.

A history of LSE Library collections would fall short if it failed to mention some key personalities, who have helped shape them […]

  • Sidney Webb the bibliographer

Sidney Webb the bibliographer

  • May 25th, 2016

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In the second of a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Graham Camfield shares the little-known story of Sidney Webb the bibliographer.

As a seasoned researcher Sidney Webb highly valued the work of librarians in compiling indexes and bibliographies. From early in the LSE […]

  • Making space for books and readers – a history of LSE’s Library

Making space for books and readers – a history of LSE’s Library

  • May 18th, 2016

LSE’s Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, opened in November 1896. In the first of a series of posts celebrating LSE Library’s 120th anniversary in 2016, Graham Camfield explores the founding of the Library and its changing face through the years.

For eighty of its one hundred and twenty years the Library shared accommodation with the School. During this […]

  • Beatrice Webb, Clara Collet and Charles Booth’s Survey of London

Beatrice Webb, Clara Collet and Charles Booth’s Survey of London

  • March 21st, 2016

Indy Bhullar, LSE Library, shares the story of the women behind Charles Booth’s Survey of London. Posts about LSE’s Library explore the history of the Library and its collections.

At LSE, we’re fortunate to have a fascinating collection of material from what is often referred to as the Charles Booth Survey of London. This survey and all the laboriously collected data which […]

  • Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Lucy Deane and the Boer War

Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Lucy Deane and the Boer War

LSE’s Library series for LSE Women: making history highlights women’s stories in some of the archives and special collections held at LSE. Gillian Murphy shares images of the Boer War from the archives of Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Lucy Deane. Posts about LSE’s Library explore the history of the Library and its collections.

LSE Library holds the diaries of Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Lucy Deane […]