LSE Library

The British Library of Economics and Political Science opened at LSE in 1896. Here we explore the LSE Library: its history and its collections.

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    The archive of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The archive of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Carys Lewis delves into the archive of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held at LSE Library. WILPF members have campaigned for peace and justice since 1915 as this selection of stories from the archive demonstrate: campaigning for world disarmament after the First World War; the Great Peace Pilgrimage of 1926; and the anti-apartheid movement in South […]

May 30th, 2018|LSE Library|0 Comments|

The Unregistered History of LSE

Catherine McIntyre introduces the LSE/Unregistered collection, an archive of LSE’s own history that is available to researchers using the archives at LSE.

As well as holding the archives of external collections from organisations and individuals, LSE Library also holds the historical records of LSE itself. LSE/UNREGISTERED contains a wide variety of documents that are outside of the School’s administrative system and therefore not […]

24 LSE women in 1918

To mark International Women’s Day LSE’s knitting group designed and created a banner to honour the 24 women who taught at LSE in 1918 – the year women first received the vote. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, explains the inspiration and history behind the design.

The LSE Women 1918 banner is inspired by both the buildings and people of the School. The embroidered […]

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    “Shimmering cascades of light” – Blue Rain by Michael Brown

“Shimmering cascades of light” – Blue Rain by Michael Brown

At the south west corner of the Library, overlooking Portugal Street, a stream of blue lights up the building wall. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, writes about LSE’s first digital art work – Blue Rain.

Blue Rain by San Francisco installation artist, Michael Brown, turns the Library inside out by displaying in its flashing blue lights some of its daily business […]

Enid Rosser Locket – an early female barrister

Kate Higgins introduces the unpublished memoir of Enid Rosser Locket, LSE alumna and one of the earliest female barristers in England. It is available in the Women’s Library Reading Room at LSE Library. 

Enid wrote her memoir in her old age, but it principally covers her life only until her marriage to the arachnologist George Hazelwood Locket in 1944. Its catalogue […]

Mary McIntosh’s archive – research and activism

Sociologist and activist Mary McIntosh (1936-2013) passed away in 2013, at the same time that Sinead Wheeler was cataloguing newly-received papers into her archive at LSE Library. Mary’s papers reflect the great deal of ground covered in her research and activism, including gay rights, women’s liberation and race equality. Mary McIntosh was an early member of the Gay Liberation Front, which was founded at LSE in 1970.

Mary made […]

William Beveridge and his Report

LSE Library’s current exhibition, A Time for Revolutions: The Making of the Welfare State, coincides with the 75th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge Report and shows the development of social welfare in Britain from the Poor Laws to Universal Credit. Exhibition curator Inderbir Bhullar, looks at William Beveridge via his archives and his connections to LSE.

A telegram […]

LSE students get the ‘Third Degree’!

While reviewing what happens when new material arrives in the LSE Library archive, a series of photographs led Ellie Robinson to discover that an LSE team had competed in the BBC Radio quiz called Third Degree in 1968. 

Among a file from LSE’s Conferences team was a number of black and white photographs of what appeared to be a party and of some sort of BBC […]

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    From the archives – what did LSE’s homepage look like in 1996?

From the archives – what did LSE’s homepage look like in 1996?

LSE’s homepage looked very different in 1996, discovers LSE Library’s Daniel Payne. Find out what it looked like and read Daniel’s tips for exploring historic websites.

This archived homepage provides an insight into life at LSE in 1996, when you could find out about the newly appointed Director Anthony Giddens, buy a soup on campus for 85p, and study the LLB where […]

December 31st, 2017|LSE Library|0 Comments|
  • Flora Drummond and others under arrest, 1914. 7JCCO02065 credit LSE Library
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    Was your (great) grandmother a suffragette? Tips for using LSE Library’s resources to trace your ancestors

Was your (great) grandmother a suffragette? Tips for using LSE Library’s resources to trace your ancestors

LSE Library receives many enquiries from people who want to find out more about members of their family who were involved in the suffrage movement. Gillian Murphy looks at some of the resources available at LSE Library which might reveal information about a long-lost relative.

Historical background
The Women’s Library grew out of the work of London Society for Women’s Suffrage […]