These stories from LSE’s history recognise and celebrate our LGBT+ heritage. Also visit LSE Library’s LGBT collections.

  • Maureen Colquhoun – first openly gay woman in Parliament

Maureen Colquhoun – first openly gay woman in Parliament

  • February 13th, 2019

Women’s rights activist and former Labour Member of Parliament for Northampton North Maureen Colquhoun was elected to the House of Commons in 1974. She became the first openly gay woman to serve in Parliament after coming out a year later, write Louise Armitage and Megan Marsh. Maureen studied at LSE in the mid-late 1940s and served as a local councillor […]

  • In the LSE Library archives – “I feel guilty for not trying to escape from all of my prison sentences”

In the LSE Library archives – “I feel guilty for not trying to escape from all of my prison sentences”

  • January 30th, 2019

The launch of a new LSE Library exhibition “Give Peace a Chance” shines a spotlight on some of the key archive collections held at LSE Library that document the lives and activities of peace campaigners and organisations in the 20th century. Curator Daniel Payne explores the archives of the incredible peace activist and civil rights campaigner Pat Arrowsmith.

Poet, artist, […]

  • Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, LSE and the origins of International Relations

Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, LSE and the origins of International Relations

  • December 12th, 2018

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 […]

  • Margaret Barbara Lambert (1906-95) – “A thorough and energetic investigator”

Margaret Barbara Lambert (1906-95) – “A thorough and energetic investigator”

  • March 9th, 2018

Historian Margaret Lambert gained a PhD in international relations at LSE in the 1930s and after the war spent much of her career as an editor-in-chief at the Foreign Office, specialising in contemporary German history. She also collected and wrote about English folk art with her partner, the designer Enid Marx. Dr Clare Taylor explores her fascinating life.

Margaret Lambert […]

  • “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 […]

  • Mary McIntosh’s archive – research and activism

Mary McIntosh’s archive – research and activism

  • February 7th, 2018

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 […]

  • Vera ‘Jack’ Holme – one of the stars of the Women’s Library Collection

Vera ‘Jack’ Holme – one of the stars of the Women’s Library Collection

The LSE Women: making history Library series highlights women’s stories from some of the archives and special collections held at LSE Library. Curator Gillian Murphy shares the story of one of her favourite archives in the Women’s Library collection: that of Vera ‘Jack’ Holme.  She was a militant suffragette, chauffeur to the Pankhursts, cross-dressing actress and aid worker. This post uses photographs from […]

  • A life of social work and friends – Eileen Younghusband

A life of social work and friends – Eileen Younghusband

  • February 27th, 2017

Highly respected outside of LSE,  Eileen Younghusband’s career in social work education began in the 1930s and continued till her death in 1981. She had never obtained a degree and was never a senior lecturer, reader or professor. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly looks back at the life of Eileen Younghusband, whose career illustrates a network of women whose professional and personal lives […]

  • Sociology and the Gay Liberation Front – Bob Mellors at LSE

Sociology and the Gay Liberation Front – Bob Mellors at LSE

On 14 October 1970 the first UK meeting of the Gay Liberation Front was held in an LSE classroom. The room was booked by Bob Mellors, a second year Sociology student. The story is told by LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly.

Bob Mellors was born on 28 October 1949 and came to LSE from Bramcote Hill Grammar School in Nottingham doing […]

  • Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

LSE Library has been home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives since 1988. It’s an extensive collection of archives, ephemera and printed material documenting the development of gay activism in the UK since the 1950s. But how did it come to LSE and what does it hold? Curator Gillian Murphy introduces the collection. Visit the free exhibition Glad to be Gay.

 
The origins
The […]

  • The Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

The Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

The Gay Liberation Front held its first meeting in a basement classroom at LSE in 1970. It had a short life and in its wake, numerous gay and lesbian groups emerged. Here, Curator Gillian Murphy introduces the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in south London. LSE Library holds the Hall-Carpenter Archive, which contains the papers of gay activists and organisations, ephemera […]

  • William Stringfellow (LSE 1949-50) – a Christian, not a moralist

William Stringfellow (LSE 1949-50) – a Christian, not a moralist

The theme of the 2016 LGBT History Month is ‘religion, belief and philosophy’. In the wake of the January 2016 meeting of the leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Revd Dr James Walters – chaplain and senior lecturer in practice at LSE – highlights the legal work and perspective of William Stringfellow, an LSE alumnus who ‘took great […]

  • A piece of LGBT+ history at LSE

A piece of LGBT+ history at LSE

This LGBT History Month, find out about the history of the gay rights movement at LSE, the foundation of the present day staff LGBT+ network, and how to research LGBT history using our archive collections.
The GLF at LSE
On 13 October 1970 the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) met for the first time in the UK – in a classroom in LSE’s […]