Explore the effects of the First World War and Second World War on LSE staff, students and campus.

 

  • Evacuation to Cambridge

Evacuation to Cambridge

  • February 21st, 2018

LSE spent the Second World War far from Houghton Street. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about the School’s war time evacuation to Cambridge.

Despite the Munich Agreement of 1938 many in Britain, including the government, were preparing for war – and among them was LSE Director Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders. By the summer of 1939 the Court of Governors agreed to arrangements […]

  • 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 […]

  • A man for all seasons – the life and times of Clement Attlee

A man for all seasons – the life and times of Clement Attlee

We can all agree that the Beveridge Report was a pivotal moment in the history of the 20th century. But without a Labour government led by Clement Attlee in 1945 there is every reason to believe that the Beveridge Report would not have been implemented in full. However, an equally strong case could be made that without Beveridge – […]

  • Baroness Stocks – economist and activist

Baroness Stocks – economist and activist

  • March 9th, 2016

Mary Danvers Stocks was a life-long activist. A teenage member of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, she went on to achieve a first class BSc in Economics from LSE then taught at the School during the First World War. As well as an extensive academic career, she campaigned for issues from the ordination of women priests and equal pay to […]

  • 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 […]

  • The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

Chris Husbands shares the story of Charles Milne Skepper: the LSE Sociology student, teacher and finally posthumous benefactor who joined the Special Operations Executive and worked as an agent during the Second World War.

Charles Milne Skepper was a student at LSE 1926-29, earning a First in the BSc (Econ), special subject Sociology, before a brief period as a graduate student (though he […]

  • 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 […]