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In 2015 LSE celebrated our 120th anniversary with an array of events, blogs and awareness-raising around the School’s unique history. Explore more!

Look back on 120 years of LSE

Tales from Houghton Street: an LSE oral history

Tales from Houghton Street: an LSE oral history features alumni Carol Wain (1967), Bryan Van Arkadie (1956) and Mary Evans (1967/1968, LSE Centennial Professor, Gender Institute), plus many more alumni and staff contributors. The full collection is now available at LSE’s Digital Library.

LSE History Explorer: a campus history guide

LSE History Explorer

Find out more about some of LSE’s key buildings with this journey through time, featuring archive pictures and inside information from our archivist. For more detailed information on a particular campus spot, choose from the blog posts in our campus history series:

Vicars and Directors – the Anchorage

Charlotte Shaw’s legacy – the Shaw Library

The East Building and the changing face of Houghton Street

Going high rise at Clare Market

Printing presses and science abs – the story of St Clement’s

A royal visit – laying the foundation stone of the Old Building

Suffragettes and LSE – early neighbours

Watch LSE archivist Sue Donnelly explore the East Building just prior to its demolition in 2015 in The Changing Face of Houghton Street:

The LSE firsts series

These LSE History blog posts explore the earliest days of LSE.

Funding the vision – Henry Hunt Hutchinson and his will

LSE’s first prospectus

Adelphi days – LSE’s first home

LSE’s first Director – William Hewins

LSE’s early students and their careers

Read more about the foundation of LSE in Professor Michael Cox’s LSE Connect article Laying the Foundations, published in winter 2015.

More blog posts

LSE history trivia – did you know?

Ghosts of the Past

“A life of adventure” – LSE at 120

More podcasts

BBC Proms Extra: “120 years of LSE” featured Professor Michael Cox in conversation with Stephanie Flanders at this special BBC Radio 3 event recorded for Proms Extra in September 2015.

LSE Literary Festival public lecture: “The ‘School’: the LSE from the Webbs to the Third Way”, February 2015. Download audio

The Beaver’s anniversary issue


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