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Hayley Reed is the editor of the LSE History Blog.

The Reluctant Founder – G Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The writer, polemicist and vegetarian G Bernard Shaw is the best known of the School’s founding group, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. He is the only LSE person to have won both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar – for his screen play for Pygmalion. But how important was Shaw in the founding of LSE?

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October 21st, 2020|Hidden LSE, People|0 Comments|

Square Haunting – a spotlight on Eileen Power

Between the wars, London’s Mecklenburgh Square was home to five prominent women including LSE economic historian Eileen Power. Square Haunting author Francesca Wade spoke at an LSE Library event on 29 September 2020.

Focusing on Eileen Power, Francesca Wade’s talk was based on her book Square Haunting. Francesca Wade is now Associate Editor of The White Review. Her writing has appeared in […]

LSE cricket – in pictures

The first photo of a cricket team at LSE dates from 1909. This selection of images from our archives tracks LSE cricketers up to 1979.

Our first photo is the LSE Cricket Team, 1909, including some of the names of those featured. Left to right, back row: Wood, Walter Meakin, Edward Cleveland-Stevens, Norman Burrell Dearle, ?, Eleazer Phillips, Herbert Hutchinson. […]

September 8th, 2020|Student life|0 Comments|

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 […]