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LSE protests 1966-69 – alumni remember

Watch a short film of former LSE students talking about their experiences during the protests at LSE in the 1960s.


Read the rest of the series in The LSE Troubles

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Students on the river – in pictures

Student sporting events have a long tradition at LSE, with much of the activity taking place away from our central London campus, at the sports ground at Berrylands, acquired in 1921. But boating activities were downstream, on the western River Thames. Enjoy this selection of photographs of students rowing and boating with LSE through the early years of the […]

April 17th, 2019|Student life|0 Comments|

LSE Law Centenary – a history of the Department

This is the first in the LSE Law Centenary series of blog posts celebrating a century since the formal beginnings of a Department of Law at LSE. The Department of Law was created in 1919, formalising a tradition of teaching law at LSE since its earliest days. 

For over a century LSE has pioneered legal education and scholarship as a central part of […]

Votes for Women – a history on film

This International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, watch a history of the women’s suffrage campaign and its legacy at LSE.

The Women’s Library and archives at LSE hold the story of the campaign for women’s suffrage, which resulted in the first votes for women. Watch this film to find out what happened, how we are commemorating their work on campus […]

Meet Beatrice Webb – LSE co-founder and social reformer

Blog editor Hayley Reed introduces Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), one of the four founders of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Born 22 January 1858, Beatrice Webb (nee Potter) became a leading social reformer, Fabian Society member, co-founder of LSE and prolific diarist. Her diaries are available at the LSE Digital Library.
Early years
Beatrice’s accomplishments are a testament to her […]

Edith Abbott – pioneering American academic

Edith Abbott, an economist, social worker and women’s equality campaigner, was the first American woman to be appointed the dean of a graduate school in the United States. She had studied at LSE in the early 1900s and was influenced by Beatrice and Sidney Webb’s work in social reform. 

Edith Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1876 to Elizabeth Maletta […]

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    Kofi Annan’s public lecture at LSE – a life in war and peace

Kofi Annan’s public lecture at LSE – a life in war and peace

Kofi Annan visited LSE twice. He addressed audiences in the Peacock Theatre a decade apart, in talks entitled “Interventions: a Life in War and Peace” in 2012, and in 2002 “From Doha to Johannesburg by way of Monterrey: how development can be achieved and sustained in the 21st century”. 
I will be pleased… if some of the young people here decide to make […]

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    Africa at LSE – Full text of Nelson Mandela speech at LSE on 6 April 2000

Africa at LSE – Full text of Nelson Mandela speech at LSE on 6 April 2000

On 6 April 2000,  Nelson Mandela delivered a speech entitled Africa and Its Position in the World Today at LSE. The full transcript of this speech is below. You can also follow this link to watch a video of his speech.

Ladies and gentlemen. Forgive me if I am somewhat nervous. I come, as you know from the colonies! We […]

Theodore Gregory and early Economics at LSE

Sir Theodore Gregory (1890-1970) could be said to epitomise LSE. A student and member of staff from 1910 to 1937, he was international in outlook; interested in theory, practice and history; a gifted teacher; and valued by governments and institutions across the world, writes Robert Bigg. Gregory was, appropriately, one of the inaugural Honorary Fellows of the School in 1958.

Theodor […]

History events at Beveridge 2.0

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 […]

February 14th, 2018|Beveridge 2.0, Events|0 Comments|