LSE and wartime

Explore the effects of the First World War and Second World War on LSE staff, students and campus, remembrance and our war memorials.

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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    In the archives – Eduard Rosenbaum: émigré and librarian

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 […]

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 […]

September 26th, 2019|LSE and wartime|0 Comments|

Ralph Reader and the RAF Gang Shows

Discover the world of RAF “Gang Shows” during the Second World War at LSE, Houghton Street, as told by historian Philippa Brownsword.

During the Second World War, when LSE had evacuated to Cambridge, the Houghton Street premises were occupied by various branches of the Air Ministry. One section based here was the newly-formed Department of Air Force Welfare, which was concerned […]

August 15th, 2019|LSE and wartime|2 Comments|

LSE, internationalism, and peace, 1914-1945

What was LSE’s experience during and after the First World War, considering in particular the emergence of the modern internationalist movement and the League of Nations? Listen to this lecture by Professor David Stevenson, chaired by Sue Donnelly, examining the School’s role in confronting the challenges to the League during the 1930s, and in the developments leading to the […]

On Hugh Dalton’s archives and making up with the past

LSE Library hold the archives of alumnus and former government minister, Hugh Dalton. Student Alma Simba shares her experiences using Hugh’s diaries for research, on the centenary of the end of the war he was writing about. From opening and interpreting the archives to visiting the Imperial War Museum’s centenary exhibition, Alma writes about studying history and the fluidity of interpretation: making up with the […]

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    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, LSE and the origins of International Relations

Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, LSE and the origins of International Relations

Over the past few years there has been renewed scholarly interest in the early history of the discipline of International Relations (IR) and the seminal role played by such figures as E H Carr, Hans J Morgenthau and key liberal theorists who helped build the foundations upon which the subject of IR came to be constructed in the twentieth century. Professor […]

The 100th anniversary of Armistice

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War. On this anniversary, LSE Library have partnered with Google to release two online exhibitions that explore LSE’s collections and connections with the First World War.

LSE’s War: 1914 – 1918
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LSE’s War: 1914 – 1918

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    Not set in stone – amending LSE’s First World War Memorial

Not set in stone – amending LSE’s First World War Memorial

One hundred years on from Armistice, in November 1918, new digital library techniques, powerful search engines and the wealth of content on the Internet make it much easier to gather, process and cross-check information than in the 1920s, when the first stone LSE World War I memorial was erected and even in 1953, when the combined oak one was […]

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 […]