1895-1995

Part 1 of the LSE history timeline.

Pamela Pigeon: “doing a special job”

On 1 November 2019 GCHQ, the intelligence and security agency responsible for providing communications intelligence to the government and armed forces, marked its centenary. For the first time GCHQ revealed the role of five previously unrevealed sites across the UK in the history of British intelligence. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, investigates the LSE career of one woman destined to […]

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    A PhD student at LSE: Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997)

A PhD student at LSE: Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997)

Despite never holding an academic post Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood was a well known and respected historian and public intellectual. The King’s War and The King’s Peace, published in the 1950s, were widely read by the general public introducing many to the history of the English Civil War. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, investigates Wedgwood’s time as a PhD student […]

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    A controversial appointment: Jessy Mair, School Secretary, 1920-1939

A controversial appointment: Jessy Mair, School Secretary, 1920-1939

When William Beveridge arrived at LSE in 1919 he was joined by Jessy Mair, his private secretary at the Ministry of Munitions. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, takes a look at their controversial relationship as Director and School Secretary.

Jessy Thomson Philip was born in Dundee on 26 November 1876. She left Dundee High School with the highest marks in her […]

In the Archives: Eduard Rosenbaum: Émigré and Librarian

Graham Camfield, former LSE Librarian and historian, writes about Eduard Rosenbaum, Acquisitions Librarian in the LSE Library, who arrived at LSE from Nazi Germany, with the support of the Academic Assistance Council to leave Nazi Germany.

In July 1935 the new Assistant Librarian in charge of library acquisitions was introduced to LSE colleagues as “an economist of standing and a […]

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    A Student of Good Character – Sylvanus Olympio: first President of Togo

A Student of Good Character – Sylvanus Olympio: first President of Togo

In 1925 Sylvanus Olympio graduated from LSE with B.Commerce degree and started work for the United Africa Company in Nigeria,  writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. In 1961 he was elected as the first President of Togo.

Olympio was born in 1902 coming from a well-connected Brazilian-African family. His father Epiphanio Olympio ran a trading house in Agoué (now part of Benin) for […]

Leaving London – the road to Cambridge

From 1939 to 1945 LSE left Houghton Street in Westminster, for Trumpington Street in Cambridge – but the road to Cambridge was far from straightforward. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, describes the year long search for a new home.

Five days after the Munich Agreement of 30 September 1938 LSE Director, Alexander Carr-Saunders, received a letter from the Principal of the […]

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    Harold Cecil Edey’s peculiar one-act play about the calculation of income

Harold Cecil Edey’s peculiar one-act play about the calculation of income

Harold Cecil Edey (1913–2007) joined the Department of Accounting as a Lecturer in 1949 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1980. And, during his thirty-year tenure at the LSE, Edey served as the School’s first Pro-Director in 1967. Today, a portrait of Edey by Sara Rossberg hangs on the walls of the Department of Accounting on the third floor […]