William Beveridge

Vicars and Directors – the Anchorage

Tucked away on Clement’s Inn Passage, the Anchorage, now demolished, was built in the early 1800s but only became part of LSE’s estate in 1970. 

In the early twentieth century the property was bought by the Reverend William Pennington-Bickford, rector of St Clement Danes Church, becoming the vicarage. The front of the building bore a large cast iron anchor, the […]

The East Building and the changing face of Houghton Street

Watch LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly share the secrets of Houghton Street, touring the East Building just before its closure and demolition, in The Changing Face of Houghton Street:


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“The last block of buildings I ever really expected to see”
So wrote William Beveridge in his Director’s Report for 1936-1937 reporting that work was about to start on the […]

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    Printing presses and science labs – the story of St Clement’s

Printing presses and science labs – the story of St Clement’s

For 60 years LSE shared Clare Market with two significant neighbours: the St Clement’s Press and the Government Laboratory. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly investigates.

Government Laboratory

The government established the Government Laboratory in 1842. Based in the City of London the Laboratory’s initial role was guarding against the adulteration of tobacco and protecting the government’s revenue. Following the 1875 Sale of […]

July 9th, 2015|Places|2 Comments|

Going high rise at Clare Market

When Clare Market opened in 1968 it marked the culmination of an ambition, beginning with William Beveridge in the 1930s, to extend LSE along Houghton Street – an ambition that took over 30 years to come to fruition.

1930s – War service

In 1932 LSE took over the leases of both 17 Houghton Street, occupied by a bookshop, Messrs McLeish, and […]

July 1st, 2015|Places|0 Comments|
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    Edwin Cannan (1861-1935) – economist, local councillor and cyclist

Edwin Cannan (1861-1935) – economist, local councillor and cyclist

8 April 2015 marked the 80th anniversary of the death of political economist Edwin Cannan. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces the man who from the opening of the School in 1895 until his retirement in 1926 was the leading economist at LSE.

Edwin Cannan was born in Madeira, where the family lived because of his mother’s poor health. By the […]

LSE’s sustainability journey

“It’s not enough to have a general idea.  You must also know how to put it into practice.” These were the words of William Beveridge (LSE Director, 1919-1937) in a speech to LSE students in 1931, where he argued that rigorous study of the social sciences should be brought to bear upon the key challenges of our society.

Fast forward […]

December 10th, 2014|Hidden LSE|0 Comments|

Remembrance at LSE – the first war memorial

The move to commission, design and erect a First World War memorial was begun by the Students’ Union in 1921, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. It was unveiled in a ceremony in 1923. 

The Students’ Union is anxious to commemorate those students of the School who fell in the Great War, and propose in the first place to erect a memorial […]

Mackindergarten – LSE’s Army Class

In 1907 LSE and the War Office began an experiment in military education which was to last until 1932, with a break during the First World War. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces LSE’s Army Class.

The experience of the Boer War (1899-1901) created concern about the efficiency of the army and a desire to modernise in some quarters. The class […]

LSE and the First World War

From student numbers and their curriculum to wartime service and Zeppelin raids, LSE was transformed by the demands of war. Professor David Stevenson investigates the impact of the First World War on LSE. 

On the eve of the First World War, in the academic year 1913/14, 1,681 students were enrolled at the School. Many came from overseas, and 583 were women. LSE was well established […]

Grimshaw International Relations Club

Studying at LSE has always been about more than lectures, seminars and reading lists, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. The history of the Grimshaw Club indicates the length of the tradition of engagements and interest in the world beyond LSE.

The Grimshaw Club is probably the oldest student society at LSE. The Students’ Union was initially set up in 1897 […]