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The Webb portrait

Featuring two of LSE’s founders, the Webb portrait hangs above the fireplace in the Shaw Library. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly tells the story of Sidney and Beatrice Webb at Passfield Corner by William Nicholson.

“In the present year Mr and Mrs Sidney Webb keep a joint seventieth birthday and it is proposed to celebrate this event by securing the painting of […]

LSE Directors

Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik became the 16th director of LSE in September 2017. Sue Donnelly, LSE Archivist, provides a quick guide to her 15 predecessors.

1895-1903

William Hewins (1865-1931)

LSE’s first Director was an economic historian whose organisational skills saw LSE grow from its beginnings in Adelphi Terrace to its new home in Passmore Edward Hall. He was later the Unionist MP for […]

September 12th, 2016|Beveridge 2.0, People|0 Comments|
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    All work and no play – the early years of the LSE sports ground

All work and no play – the early years of the LSE sports ground

Sport at LSE has a long history, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly, as is proved by the 1911 photograph of the first hockey team. But the acquisition of the Malden sports ground in 1921 encouraged sports of all kinds to flourish at LSE.

Under Director William Beveridge Houghton Street saw constant building, but LSE expansion also included the acquisition of […]

Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland – a Conservative intellectual

A hundred years ago on 6 July 1916 Arthur Steel-Maitland was elected LSE governor and Chairman of the Court of Governors. He replaced the Liberal politician Russell Rea who had died in February 1916.

Steel-Maitland (then simply Arthur Steel) was born in India and educated at Rugby School before winning a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. There he took a […]

July 6th, 2016|People|0 Comments|

Tennis at LSE in the 1920s

LSE’s sportsground opened in 1921 and among the many sports taking place at the new ground, in Malden, Surrey, was tennis. There was a tennis club and games took between staff and students. These images from the 1920s introduce tennis at LSE.

Tennis club, 1920:

Staff and student tennis, 1926 (William Beveridge (centre) on his left Vera Anstey, behind her Professor Arthur Sargent, to his […]

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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 […]

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    ‘No More Worlds Here for Him to Conquer’ – Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

‘No More Worlds Here for Him to Conquer’ – Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

Dr B R Ambedkar first visited LSE in 1916, returned in 1921 and submitted his doctoral thesis in 1923. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly investigates Dr B R Ambedkar’s life at LSE.

In 1920 the economist Edwin R Seligman wrote from Columbia University to Professor Herbert Foxwell, teaching at LSE recommending a former student, Bhimrao Ramji (B R) Ambedkar, and asking Foxwell to […]

Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society

LSE Library is opening a new exhibition to share even more of the amazing stories we have within our archives and special collections, writes Eleanor Payne. 

Foundations: LSE and the Science of Society celebrates the achievements of LSE staff and students and investigates the innovative founding principles of the School. Perfect in size for a lunch hour visit, come along and discover how and […]

September 17th, 2015|Events, LSE Library|0 Comments|

“A Life of Adventure” – LSE at 120

“The life of the School has always been a life of adventure”

William Beveridge, Director of LSE from 1919 to 1937, uttered those words in 1930, when the university was a mere 35 years old.

Fast forward to the present. It’s been 85 years since Beveridge’s speech and 120 years since the university first opened its doors. But the adventure hasn’t […]

August 27th, 2015|Hidden LSE|1 Comment|

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 […]