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 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Professor Matthew Jones, Dr David Motadel, Professor David Stevenson
Chair: Dr Megan Black

Academics from the Department of International History at LSE reassess the 1942 Beveridge Report in the light of German, American, and British planning for reconstruction after World War II.


Blueprint for Welfare? The Beveridge Report and the Making of the Welfare State

Thursday 22 February 2018 12:30pm to 2:00pm
NAB.2.04, 2nd floor, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Derek Fraser
Chair: Professor Mary Evans

There was a marked difference between the enthusiastic popular response to the Report and what was perceived to be a lukewarm reception by Churchill and the wartime coalition.  How far was the Report implemented in the creation of the Welfare State in 1948 and why 75 years later do many politicians wish to “Get back to Beveridge”? Professor Fraser reviews the content and context of the Beveridge Report and explains why it is of enduring importance.

Download: Audio

A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School? William Beveridge and LSE

Friday 23 February 2018 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Michael Cox

LSE’s fourth Director, William Beveridge is generally regarded as the main architect of the Welfare State and the energetic visionary who oversaw a major expansion of LSE from 1919-1937. But though his achievements at LSE were by any measure great, his relations with some of the School’s leading academic figures were never easy, while his attempt to redefine the nature of the social sciences floundered. Why was rethinking the relationship between state and society an easier task for Beveridge than running an “unruly School”?

Download: Audio

Five LSE Giants’ Perspectives on Poverty

Saturday 24 February 2018 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Professor Paul Gregg

Taking five “Giants” in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, themselves, like Beveridge, authors of influential reports, this event discusses how their thinking articulates with Beveridge’s vision and has advanced our understanding of poverty and how to tackle it. This event focuses on Beveridge’s Giant of “want”. It addresses the thinking on poverty of five “Giants” in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, who have been closely associated with LSE and who are themselves authors or co-authors of influential reports: Beatrice Webb, Brian Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend, Amartya Sen and Anthony Atkinson.

Download: Audio

Visit the exhibition

A Time for Revolutions: Making the Welfare State

Monday 08 January 2018 9:00am to Friday 13 April 2018 7:00pm
LSE Library Gallery

On the 75th anniversary of the release of the Beveridge report, LSE Library is hosting an exhibition showing off its collections relating to welfare: from the Poor Laws to Beveridge to Universal Credit. Sir William Beveridge was Director of LSE from 1919 to 1937 and LSE Library holds his archives and papers. The exhibition draws on this material and shows how his report helped to transform welfare provision after the War. It also shows what was in place before the report was released.

Free – no ticket needed

Explore more

Beveridge 2.0 on the LSE History blog

William Beveridge and his Report

LSE Festival homepage