Read on to find out more about student life at LSE through the years.
The first photo of a cricket team at LSE dates from 1909. This selection of images from our archives tracks LSE cricketers up to 1979.
Our first photo is the LSE Cricket Team, 1909, including some of the names of those featured. Left to right, back row: Wood, Walter Meakin, Edward Cleveland-Stevens, Norman Burrell Dearle, ?, Eleazer Phillips, Herbert Hutchinson. […]
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 […]
Terhi Rantanen, Professor of Global Media and Communications paints a picture of the School in the 1920s through the eyes of Harold D Lasswell, an American PhD student and later the founder of comparative communication studies.
Harold D Lasswell (1902-1979), once a world-renowned political scientist and a founder of comparative communication studies, was also one of those US academics who […]
In 1925 Sylvanus Olympio graduated from LSE with a B Commerce degree and started work for the United Africa Company in Nigeria, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. In 1961 he was elected as the first President of Togo.
Olympio was born in 1902 coming from a well-connected Brazilian-African family. His father Epiphanio Olympio ran a trading house in Agoué (now part […]
Watch a short film of former LSE students talking about their experiences during the protests at LSE in the 1960s.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
In 1952 Kwame Nkrumah became Prime Minister of the Gold Coast and in 1957 the country gained its independence under the new name of Ghana. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, writes about Nkrumah’s brief time at LSE.
Kwame Nkrumah was born in Nkroful on the Gold Coast in 1909. The precise date of his birth is unknown but he usually gave […]
Victoria de Menil revisits the politics of Jomo Kenyatta’s supposedly de-political master’s thesis, later published as Facing Mount Kenya, particularly in relation to land and female circumcision. She asks who the intended audience was, and what legacy the book has left behind.
Once upon a time an elephant made a friendship with a man. One day a heavy thunderstorm broke […]
Somerset-born Alice Clark came from a family of pacifist shoe-makers who were involved in the suffrage movement. LSE curator Gillian Murphy finds that Alice Clark also held a Shaw Research Studentship in economic history at LSE.
Alice Clark, daughter of Helen and William Clark, was born in Street in Somerset in 1874. She was a Quaker by birth, and also a Liberal, and her family were […]
American Alice Paul became a “convert” to the suffragette cause after hearing a talk by Christabel Pankhurst. LSE curator Gillian Murphy charts Alice Paul’s suffragette activities in England and as a student at LSE.
“She will die, but she will never give up” commented the psychiatrist called to evaluate Alice Paul’s mental condition when she was in an American prison in […]
Sir Theodore Gregory (1890-1970) could be said to epitomise LSE. A student and member of staff from 1910 to 1937, he was international in outlook; interested in theory, practice and history; a gifted teacher; and valued by governments and institutions across the world, writes Robert Bigg. Gregory was, appropriately, one of the inaugural Honorary Fellows of the School in 1958.
In 1946 Professor Tibor Barna led around 100 LSE student volunteers in a ‘Social Survey of Stepney’ and their findings are among his papers in LSE Library. The goal was to interview real Eastenders about their lives against the backdrop of postwar re-imagination of London’s East End. Inderbir Bhullar explores the archives.
This blog is about a story which, unfortunately, […]