Women’s history

Explore women’s history through the lives of women at LSE through the years. 

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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 […]

Charlotte Shaw’s legacy – the Shaw Library

The Founders’ Room, or as it is more popularly known the Shaw Library, is much loved by students and staff past and present as a place to read, snooze or eat your lunch. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly reveals how this quiet haven on the top of the Old Building came into existence.
The Founders’ Room

The sixth floor of the Old […]

Suffragettes and LSE – early neighbours

Now home to LSE, 20 Kingsway used to house the Tea Cup Inn – a tea shop for suffragettes. The offices of the Women’s Social and Political Union were at Clement’s Inn and their newspaper printed at the St Clement’s Press on Clare Market. Hayley Reed finds that if you look closely traces of the suffragettes, LSE’s early neighbours, can still […]

Women at the front – pioneering LSE teachers

LSE accepted women students from its earliest days. For Women’s History Month 2015, LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly takes a look at the women who stood at the front of the classroom during the early years of the School.
Gertrude Tuckwell

The first woman to appear in the list of teachers in the LSE Calendar is Gertrude Tuckwell in the School’s second year. […]

Beatrice Webb – the early years

Beatrice Webb’s early years began with a childhood in Gloucestershire. She combined care of the family once her mother died with a burgeoning career in social investigation. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces Beatrice Webb’s early years.
The early spring months have always been sweet at Standish and the loveliest memories of my childhood gather round the first long days, when the dreary walks […]

Angela Raspin, 1938-2013 – LSE’s first archivist

It was always Sidney Webb’s vision for the Library that it should support researchers, rich in primary sources including archive materials. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly shares the story of LSE’s first archivist, Angela Raspin, who served in post from 1975 until 1998.

In 1898 the Library took in its first archive deposit when Beatrice and Sidney Webb donated the trade […]

An unsung heroine of LSE – Charlotte Shaw

Accounts of LSE’s foundation and early years are dominated by the personalities of the four people staying at Borough Farm on the morning of 4 August 1894 when Sidney Webb began to outline the idea of establishing a “London school of economics and political science”. One often overlooked key player, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly, is the Irish heiress […]

The Gate of the Year – Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)

Retired LSE academic Minnie Louise Haskins’ famous lines on “the gate of the year” have been used at royal occasions from George VI’s 1939 Christmas broadcast to the funeral of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002, writes LSE archivist Sue Donnelly. 
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may […]