Student life

Read on to find out more about student life at LSE through the years.

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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Feeding mind and body – the LSE Refectory, 1933-1936

The recently discovered “Refectory Suggestions and Complaints” provides some new insights into feeding staff and students at LSE. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, explores the perennial problems of feeding hungry LSE students and staff.

The LSE Refectory was opened in 1907 and was a focal point of LSE life for both students and staff. LSE’s small size and lack of funding […]

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|

Whatever happened to the revolution? LSE in the 60s

In this LSE Festival event podcast, Professor Michael Cox, LSE IDEAS, and Sue Donnelly, LSE Archivist discuss student unrest in the late 1960s and its legacy.

One British university above all others came to be associated with student rebellion in the 1960s – LSE – later referred by one of the original rebels as that “utopia at the end of the […]

Storming the gates and closing the School

50 years ago in 1969 the School was closed for 25 days. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, investigates the events and causes of that turbulent time.

By January 1969 debate within the School was focussed on three particular areas:

Firstly in January the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference was held in London in and led to a resurgence of interest in the issue […]

The Camden Poster Workshop at LSE

The Camden Poster Workshop produced many protest posters for LSE students 1968-69 including one memorable occasion at a 1968 sit-in, write Workshop co-founders Peter Dukes and Sam Lord.

The Camden Poster Workshop (1968-71) was founded during an era of protest across Europe. Run entirely by volunteers, it fulfilled a need for the creation and print of posters by the many different […]

February 27th, 2019|The LSE Troubles|0 Comments|
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    Adams Closed It We Opened it – student occupation in October 1968

Adams Closed It We Opened it – student occupation in October 1968

On the weekend of 25-27 October 1968 LSE’s buildings were occupied by students in support of the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign’s demonstration against US involvement in Vietnam. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, recalls the events of the weekend.

In October 1968 the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign organised a large demonstration through London, finishing at Hyde Park. 25,000 people were estimated to have taken […]

Opposing a Director

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of LSE due to student unrest in January-February 1969. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, begins a series of blog posts tracing the history of student activism at LSE between 1966 and 1969 with an account of the opposition to the appointment of Walter Adams as LSE Director.

The 1960s were a period of […]

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    Red flag over Houghton Street? The radical tradition at LSE – myth, reality, fact

Red flag over Houghton Street? The radical tradition at LSE – myth, reality, fact

Why does LSE have reputation for radicalism, and when did this idea begin? Professor Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS, explores the opposing evidence of the figures and events of LSE’s history. Looking at historical perceptions of LSE’s radical status, alongside the actions of staff and students, he shows the origins of the idea go back to LSE’s earliest days.

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A mother and daughter at LSE – Herabai and Mithan Tata

LSE often runs in the family with several generations making their way to Houghton Street. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about an unusual mother and daughter duo.

In 1919 a young Indian woman, Mithan Ardeshir Tata enrolled to study at LSE. Mithan was born in 1898 into a Parsi family in Mumbai (then known as Bombay), the daughter of Herabai […]