Running the School: Directors, Secretaries and Governors

Posts about the people who ran the School: Directors, Secretaries and Governors.

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    Unfailing equanimity – Eve Evans, School Secretary 1940-1954

Unfailing equanimity – Eve Evans, School Secretary 1940-1954

Between 1896 and 1954 the role of School Secretary, the senior administrator in the School, was held by three women apart from a brief period between 1938-1940. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, looks at the career of the last of these women, Eve Evans (1894-1971) who worked at the School from 1920 to 1954.

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Sir Walter Adams – School Secretary and Director

2018 is the 80th anniversary of the appointment of Sir Walter Adams as School Secretary in 1938. His appointment as Director in 1966 was to start a turbulent period in LSE’s history, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly.

Walter Adams (1906 -1975) was born in Brighton. He attended Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School, before obtaining a first class honours degree from […]

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    A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School? William Beveridge and LSE

A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School? William Beveridge and LSE

William Beveridge was Director of LSE 1919-37, leaving for Oxford before producing his famous report in 1942. Professor Michael Cox explored his LSE career and relationship with Beatrice and Sidney Webb at the Beveridge 2.0 event A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School? William Beveridge and LSE.

Who was Beveridge? What sort of institution did he inherit? Why was he […]

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    A Vice Chancellor’s portrait – Sir William Beveridge in the Shaw Library

A Vice Chancellor’s portrait – Sir William Beveridge in the Shaw Library

William Beveridge was Director of LSE 1919-1937. In 1926 he also became Vice Chancellor of the University of London. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly finds out how LSE commissioned artist William Nicholson to paint a portrait of Beveridge to mark the occasion.

On 25 June 1926 LSE Director, William Beveridge was elected to the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of London. In […]

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    “No Major New Developments” – Sir Sydney Caine, LSE Director 1957-1967

“No Major New Developments” – Sir Sydney Caine, LSE Director 1957-1967

Sir Sydney Caine, LSE student and Director, oversaw a period of expansion and tension during the 1960s. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly investigates.
“Very dully, no doubt, in a world in which novelty is so often taken as the supreme value, I accepted—and accept—the basic character of the School.”
Sir Sydney Caine (1902-1991) is among those LSE Directors who have experienced LSE life […]

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    “A melange of charm, beauty and pure terror” – Anne Bohm (1910-2006), Secretary to the Graduate School

“A melange of charm, beauty and pure terror” – Anne Bohm (1910-2006), Secretary to the Graduate School

LSE Women: making history celebrates some of the notable women at LSE through the years. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly looks back at Anne Bohm, who was secretary to the Graduate School and a roving ambassador for the School.

In the second half of the 20th century one woman was a constant presence at LSE – Anne Bohm.

Anne Bohm was born in Breslau (now […]

Chairs of the Court of Governors

Following the arrival of Dame Shirley Pearce as the new Chair of the Court of Governors, LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly provides a history of her predecessors.

1901-1911

Sidney Webb (1859-1947)

Sidney Webb, one of the School’s founders, was the first Chairman of the Court of Governors after the School joined the University of London. He took a particular interest in the work of […]

LSE Directors

Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik became the 16th director of LSE in September 2017. Sue Donnelly, LSE Archivist, provides a quick guide to her 15 predecessors.
William Hewins
(1865-1931), Director 1895-1903

LSE’s first Director was an economic historian whose organisational skills saw LSE grow from its beginnings in Adelphi Terrace to its new home in Passmore Edward Hall. He was later the Unionist MP for […]

Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland – a Conservative intellectual

A hundred years ago on 6 July 1916 Arthur Steel-Maitland was elected LSE governor and Chairman of the Court of Governors. He replaced the Liberal politician Russell Rea who had died in February 1916.

Steel-Maitland (then simply Arthur Steel) was born in India and educated at Rugby School before winning a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. There he took a […]

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    LSE’s “Deputy director, hostess, accountant, and lady of all work” – Christian Scipio Mactaggart, 1861-1943

LSE’s “Deputy director, hostess, accountant, and lady of all work” – Christian Scipio Mactaggart, 1861-1943

LSE’s History series for LSE Women: making history celebrates some of the notable women at LSE through the years. Sue Donnelly looks back at Christian Mactaggart: School Secretary 1896-1919. 

On 24 June 1943 a telegram arrived from Australia for LSE’s Director, Alexander Carr-Saunders, announcing the death of Christian Scipio Mactaggart who from 1896-1919 worked as School Secretary – not always with the title.

We know little […]