Explore the effects of the First World War and Second World War on LSE staff, students and campus, remembrance and our war memorials.

  • Ralph Reader and the RAF Gang Shows

Ralph Reader and the RAF Gang Shows

  • August 15th, 2019

Discover the world of RAF “Gang Shows” during the Second World War at LSE, Houghton Street, as told by historian Philippa Brownsword.

During the Second World War, when the LSE had evacuated to Cambridge, the Houghton Street premises were occupied by various branches of the Air Ministry. One section based here was the newly-formed Department of Air Force Welfare, which was […]

  • LSE, internationalism, and peace, 1914-1945

LSE, internationalism, and peace, 1914-1945

  • April 3rd, 2019

What was LSE’s experience during and after the First World War, considering in particular the emergence of the modern internationalist movement and the League of Nations? Listen to this lecture by Professor David Stevenson, chaired by Sue Donnelly, examining the School’s role in confronting the challenges to the League during the 1930s, and in the developments leading to the […]

  • On Hugh Dalton’s archives and making up with the past

On Hugh Dalton’s archives and making up with the past

  • February 20th, 2019

LSE Library hold the archives of alumnus and former government minister, Hugh Dalton. Student Alma Simba shares her experiences using Hugh’s diaries for research, on the centenary of the end of the war he was writing about. From opening and interpreting the archives to visiting the Imperial War Museum’s centenary exhibition, Alma writes about studying history and the fluidity of interpretation: making up with the […]

  • 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 […]

  • The 100th anniversary of Armistice

The 100th anniversary of Armistice

  • November 11th, 2018

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War. On this anniversary, LSE Library have partnered with Google to release two online exhibitions that explore LSE’s collections and connections with the First World War.

LSE’s War: 1914 – 1918
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

LSE’s War: 1914 – 1918

First LSE […]

  • Not set in stone – amending LSE’s First World War Memorial

Not set in stone – amending LSE’s First World War Memorial

  • November 7th, 2018

One hundred years on from Armistice, in November 1918, new digital library techniques, powerful search engines and the wealth of content on the Internet make it much easier to gather, process and cross-check information than in the 1920s, when the first stone LSE World War I memorial was erected and even in 1953, when the combined oak one was […]

  • 24 LSE women in 1918

24 LSE women in 1918

  • March 28th, 2018

To mark International Women’s Day LSE’s knitting group designed and created a banner to honour the 24 women who taught at LSE in 1918 – the year women first received the vote. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, explains the inspiration and history behind the design.

The LSE Women 1918 banner is inspired by both the buildings and people of the School. The embroidered […]

  • Evacuation to Cambridge

Evacuation to Cambridge

  • February 21st, 2018

LSE spent the Second World War far from Houghton Street. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about the School’s war time evacuation to Cambridge.

Despite the Munich Agreement of 1938 many in Britain, including the government, were preparing for war – and among them was LSE Director Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders. By the summer of 1939 the Court of Governors agreed to arrangements […]

  • LSE Library’s collections and the First World War

LSE Library’s collections and the First World War

  • November 14th, 2017

Professor David Stevenson, LSE Department of International History, provides a brief look at LSE during wartime and introduces LSE Library’s collections relating to the First World War. The archives include evidence from well-known suffragettes, the Scottish Women’s Hospital organisation’s work in Macedonia, and Belgian refugees in Tunbridge Wells.
LSE and the First World War
When the First World War began, LSE had been established […]

  • A man for all seasons – the life and times of Clement Attlee

A man for all seasons – the life and times of Clement Attlee

We can all agree that the Beveridge Report was a pivotal moment in the history of the 20th century. But without a Labour government led by Clement Attlee in 1945 there is every reason to believe that the Beveridge Report would not have been implemented in full. However, an equally strong case could be made that without Beveridge – […]

  • Baroness Stocks – economist and activist

Baroness Stocks – economist and activist

  • March 9th, 2016

Mary Danvers Stocks was a life-long activist. A teenage member of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, she went on to achieve a first class BSc in Economics from LSE then taught at the School during the First World War. As well as an extensive academic career, she campaigned for issues from the ordination of women priests and equal pay to […]

  • Lest we forget 1939-1945 – LSE’s Second World War roll of honour

Lest we forget 1939-1945 – LSE’s Second World War roll of honour

  • November 11th, 2015

In 1953 LSE replaced its original war memorial with a new memorial containing the rolls of honour for both the First World War and the Second World War, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. Designed by the School architect R C White-Cooper with the names incised on a single piece of oak. Today the memorial remains in the Old Building […]

  • The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

Chris Husbands shares the story of Charles Milne Skepper: the LSE Sociology student, teacher and finally posthumous benefactor who joined the Special Operations Executive and worked as an agent during the Second World War.

Charles Milne Skepper was a student at LSE 1926-29, earning a First in the BSc (Econ), special subject Sociology, before a brief period as a graduate student (though he […]

  • Lest we forget 1914-1918 – LSE’s First World War roll of honour

Lest we forget 1914-1918 – LSE’s First World War roll of honour

  • November 11th, 2014

The LSE war memorial hangs alongside the Old Theatre in Old Building and lists the names of 70 staff and students who lost their lives in the First World War, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. Seventy lives telling seventy stories.

Between 1914 and 1918 the School Governors received regular reports of staff and students who had enlisted, received honours and […]

  • Remembrance at LSE – the first war memorial

Remembrance at LSE – the first war memorial

  • November 10th, 2014

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 […]

  • LSE and the First World War

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 […]