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11/04/2024

Meet The General, our local . Happy National Pet Day!

Do you know which pub though?

09/04/2024

A lecture at LSE in the New Theatre, East Building, 1964.

The East Building was demolished around 2015 to make way for the Centre Building and main square development.

View more pictures from LSE history on LSE Library Flickr.

08/04/2024

NEW EVENT! Ambedkar’s Birthday: Drop in to see his student file.

📆 Sunday, 14 Apr 2024 12 to 3pm
🎟️ Free! See our Linktree to book
📍 LSE Library

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, affectionately known as “Babasaheb” (“Respected Father”) led an extraordinary life. Born in 1891 in India to a poor family belonging to a Dalit community (referred to at that time as “Untouchables”; considered to be the lowest of the social hierarchy and outside of the Hindu caste system), he faced extreme discrimination and segregation throughout his life. He went on to gain two doctorates from LSE and Columbia University and was also called to the bar at Gray’s Inn. A brilliant scholar of social justice, Ambedkar fought for the representation and rights of Dalit communities and was involved in the Independence movement in India; he was Chair of the Drafting Committee for the Indian constitution.

LSE Library is the proud custodian of archives relating to Ambedkar’s time at LSE. It includes his student file containing items such as his application form to the School, as well as a signed copy of his thesis. 133 years since the birth of Ambedkar, drop in to LSE Library any time between 12 – 3pm to view this.

Book a place to register your interest and receive reminders about the day or just drop in and stay as long as you like! (See our Linktree for booking).

08/04/2024

We're back! We hope you all had a good break.

Get in touch or come see us if you need help.

Photos from LSE Library's post 06/04/2024

Contact sheets from Nelson Mandela's visit to LSE in 2000.

You can watch the lecture he gave on LSE's YouTube Channel.

27/03/2024

This week's is in honour of the Spice Girls who formed 30 years ago this month! 😱

These badges in our collection are from a 1997 ad campaign they did with Walker's Crisps. 🥔 🎤

Photos from LSE Library's post 25/03/2024

Good day! Here are two favourite black and white photos of our Library.

Thanks to all of you who share your photos with us. We love to see them!

22/03/2024

This week's is this wonderful 1909 suffragette calendar featuring Christabel Pankhurst.

Held in Jill Craigie's archive 📁 7JCC.

21/03/2024

An LSE students' notice board, 1973. Precise location unknown.

This and many more photos from LSE's history are available on LSE Library Flickr.

20/03/2024

Come see our new exhibition! It features this poster from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) who are celebrating 50 years of resistance against the arms trade in November this year.

📍 10 Portugal Street, WC2A
🆓 Free entry, no booking required
ℹ️ See LSE Library Linktree

*Introduction to the exhibition*

Thoughtfully curated by guest Gareth Bryant (PhD student, Open University), the exhibition explores networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and national self-determination.

In the late 1950s, hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations against Britain’s role in the nuclear arms race, sparking a movement that would continue until the present day. Over the decades, individuals from different classes, genders, races and religions would be united in their support or rejection of nuclear disarmament. At times of great political division, these alliances evolved to incorporate debates over industrial relations, social policy and British identity as a whole.

The exhibition approaches this network primarily from the point of view of peace and anti-nuclear groups such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament () and the Campaign Against Arms Trade (). However, it invites you to consider how the interests and goals of any group can interact and intersect with one or more others. Also on display are the opponents of nuclear disarmament, such as Women for Families and Defence, hoping to foster a deeper understanding of the diversity of opinion that continues to characterise British society.



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Photos from LSE Library's post 20/03/2024

Emily Wilding Davison (1872 — 1913) was a militant suffragette who was imprisoned, force-fed, and committed many acts of protest and militancy throughout her life. She is probably one of the most-well known campaigners for women's suffrage.

We are the custodians of her archive and these are some of the artefacts held within it. They are items Emily had in her possession at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913. This was the day that Emily rushed onto the racecourse and attempted to hold the bridle of Anmer, the King’s Horse.

She was seriously injured, and taken to Epsom Cottage Hospital. Emily died days later from her injuries.

On 14 June 1913, Emily was given a martyr’s funeral.

Five thousand women from all over Britain, most in white dresses with black armbands and carrying white Madonna lilies, marched in the funeral procession in London – the last of the great suffragette spectacles.

The items highlighted were in Emily's possession on the day of the Epsom Derby when she stopped the King's horse:

▪️ Return train ticket to Victoria
▪️ Emily's black leather purse
▪️ Epsom race list, 4th June 1913
▪️ A Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) flag

View our story about Emily Wilding Davison on our Google Arts and Culture profile: bit.ly/3x6sRfu

19/03/2024

NEW EVENT! Join us for a celebration of the life of Pat Arrowsmith, the extraordinary peace campaigner and organiser of the first Aldermaston March in 1958, the single event that most put on the public map at this time.

📅 Thursday 18 April 2024 6pm to 8pm

*Speakers*
Steve Bell, Pat’s election agent in 1979 when she ran as an independent socialist candidate against the sitting prime minister Jim Callaghan, in Cardiff South and Penarth.

Francie Molloy MP for Mid Ulster, remembering Pat’s longstanding commitment to the struggle for Irish freedom.

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition , reflecting on Pat’s role as a woman for peace.

After the speeches, please join us for a drink to share your memories of Pat and view the current LSE Library exhibition, featuring items from the papers of Pat Arrowsmith.

*Introduced by*
Kate Hudson – Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of CND since 2010, having served as chair since 2003. She first became active in the peace movement in the early 1980s in the big upsurge of activity against cruise missiles. One of her proudest moments was helping to Embrace the Base at Greenham Common in December 1982, along with 30,000 other women.

*Chaired by*
Christine Chinkin FBA is Emerita Professor of International Law, Professorial Research Fellow and Founding Director of the Centre of Women Peace & Security at LSE. She is a barrister, a member of Matrix Chambers

Louise Arimatsu is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she works on the AHRC project 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' and the ERC project 'Gendered Peace'.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) campaigns to get rid of nuclear weapons, in Britain and worldwide.

LSE Library are the proud custodians of the CND archives as well as the papers of Pat Arrowsmith. We have many significant collections that relate to peace and internationalism, and these collections are open to all.

Photo shows Pat campaigning in the East Midlands in 1959.
https://bit.ly/3x2Hlgo

Photos from LSE Library's post 18/03/2024

This armband was worn by a Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) member at the Great Peace Pilgrimage of 1926. 🕊️.

WILPF was officially established following a meeting of 1,136 suffragists from 12 countries, who met in The Hague during the First World War (1915) to discuss the root causes of conflict and an end to the war.

By 1921, WILPF’s movement had already grown to include 25 Sections worldwide.

In 1926, WILPF in the UK planned a nationwide peace march under the slogan "Law Not War".

Learn more about
in our story on : https://bit.ly/3J1o2qx

18/03/2024

Good morning!

Thanks to for this great photo 📸

15/03/2024

"We want to show people that we haven't got two heads"

50 years ago in 1974 the first national TV / TS conference took place at Leeds University. For many attendees, it was a weekend of 'firsts'. Above all, they were seeking acceptance.

Leeds Gay Liberation Front and the Beaumont Society assisted with the organisation and delivery of the conference.

Find out more about our growing collections through our collection highlight page on LSE Library website.

📁 HCA/Whittle

15/03/2024

We don't know much about this simple poster found in Mary McIntosh's archive, but we think it's pretty powerful. c.1980.

14/03/2024

New event! Join us for a drinks reception to launch "A Say in the End of the World", our new exhibition.

📆 Thursday 11 April, 5pm to 7pm.

See our Linktree for further information and to book your ticket! Drop in on the day is also totally fine with us. https://bit.ly/3VhciHr

*About the exhibition*

Thoughtfully curated by guest Gareth Bryant (Ph.D. student, Open University), the exhibition explores networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and national self-determination.

In the late 1950s, hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations against Britain’s role in the nuclear arms race, sparking a movement that would continue until the present day. Over the decades, individuals from different classes, genders, races and religions would be united in their support or rejection of nuclear disarmament. At times of great political division, these alliances evolved to incorporate debates over industrial relations, social policy and British identity as a whole.

This exhibition brings together diverse stories to discover networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and power, gender equality, industrial democracy and national self-determination.

The exhibition approaches this network primarily from the point of view of peace and anti-nuclear groups such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). However, it invites you to consider how the interests and goals of any group can interact and intersect with one or more others.

Space has also been given to the opponents of nuclear disarmament, such as Women for Families and Defence, hoping to foster a deeper understanding of the diversity of opinion that continues to characterise British society.

14/03/2024

A student using our library catalogue in 1964....🗃️

You can find many more photos of on LSE Library Flickr.

Photos from LSE Library's post 14/03/2024

This CND Cardiff poster for a week of action that began (1981 or 1987) features in our new exhibition.

📍 10 Portugal Street, WC2A
🆓 Free entry, no booking required
ℹ️ See LSE Library Linktree

*Introduction to the exhibition*

Thoughtfully curated by guest Gareth Bryant (PhD student, Open University), the exhibition explores networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and national self-determination.

In the late 1950s, hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations against Britain’s role in the nuclear arms race, sparking a movement that would continue until the present day. Over the decades, individuals from different classes, genders, races and religions would be united in their support or rejection of nuclear disarmament. At times of great political division, these alliances evolved to incorporate debates over industrial relations, social policy and British identity as a whole.

The exhibition approaches this network primarily from the point of view of peace and anti-nuclear groups such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament () and the Campaign Against Arms Trade (). However, it invites you to consider how the interests and goals of any group can interact and intersect with one or more others. Also on display are the opponents of nuclear disarmament, such as Women for Families and Defence, hoping to foster a deeper understanding of the diversity of opinion that continues to characterise British society.

Photos from LSE Library's post 13/03/2024

Suffragette Flora Drummond and others under arrest, 1914.

Flora McKinnon Drummond, was a British suffragette. Nicknamed 'The General' for her habit of leading suffrage marches wearing a military style uniform 'with an officers cap and epaulettes' and riding on a large horse.

Drummond was an organiser for the Women's Social and Political Union and was imprisoned nine times for her activism.

📁 Jill Craigie archive 7JCC/O/02/065

This and many more photos in The Women's Library album on LSE Library Flickr. Have a look and share away — we love to see what treasures people find in our collections. And if you want to learn more about The Women's Library (all are welcome to use it) then check our website for more info - it's an incredible collection that we are very proud of.

Photos from LSE Library's post 12/03/2024

Some photos of Charlotte Shaw c.1898 for .

An often overlooked key player in LSE's history is Charlotte Payne Townshend, later Charlotte Shaw.

Charlotte Payne Townshend (1857-1943) was an Irish heiress who met LSE founders Beatrice and Sidney Webb in 1895. Through them she joined the Fabian Society and in 1896 she was invited to spend a holiday with the Webbs, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw in Suffolk.

However, the Webbs fell ill and when Graham Wallas arrived late Charlotte was left to the company of George Bernard Shaw and they became firm friends.

When Sidney Webb was looking for a home LSE, Charlotte was persuaded to sub-let the top two floors of the School’s premises at 10 Adelphi Terrace, leaving the rest of the building for the School and its Library. Charlotte was also a member of the School’s Advisory Board which in 1901 applied to the Board of Trade to become a company; she then served as a Governor.

In 1896 Charlotte donated £1,000 towards the establishment of the Library and was among its first Trustees alongside Sidney Webb, William Clarke, Edward Pease and R B Haldane. The records also indicated that Charlotte was a regular source of vital funding whenever LSE funds were low.

From 1896 Shaw was a regular visitor to Adelphi Terrace and Charlotte’s flat. The couple married in 1898 at the Registry Office in Covent Garden with Graham Wallas as a witness. There was some concern at LSE that the marriage would mean a move from Adelphi Terrace but after the honeymoon they returned to London and the flat above LSE.

After LSE’s move to its final home on Houghton Street Charlotte Shaw continued to serve as a Governor and set up a trust to support a research studentship.

In 1939 Director Alexander Carr-Saunders’ plan to establish a reading library at LSE led to Charlotte’s last major donation: a gift of £1,000 to buy books covering general literature. The Shaw Library was initially established in Grove Lodge in 1940 during LSE’s sojourn in Cambridge. It moved back to London in the Christmas vacation 1945-46 and has resided ever since on the top floor of the Old Building.

*Text from LSE History blog.

Photos from LSE Library's post 11/03/2024

Thank you to everyone for making our first LSE Library Late such a special occasion!

It was a lot of fun celebrating 10 years of The Women's Library being at LSE. We hope those of you that came had a good time 😊!

Here are some fantastic photos from the evening. We couldn't catch everything, but we certainly felt a lot of joy. Choosing which photos to share has been very hard. Thank you ALL. Until next time!

Photos from LSE Library's post 10/03/2024

This photo of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) procession held on 13 June 1908 features four banners designed by members of the Artists' Suffrage League.

We are incredibly fortunate to hold these as part of The Women's Library collection and have digitised them and many others for all to see. You can view them all on LSE Digital Library and LSE Library Flickr.

The four shown commemorate notable women from history such as Joan of Arc (a heroine of both the constitutionalists and the militant societies), Queen Elizabeth I, Jenny Lind (a Swedish opera singer), as well as American suffragist Lucy Stone.

The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) procession was a mass demonstration in London calling for women's suffrage that ended with a rally at the Royal Albert Hall.

Want to find out more? Hit Google and find our story on Google Arts & Culture for starters!

A Celebration of Pat Arrowsmith: the extraordinary peace activist - 09/03/2024

A Celebration of Pat Arrowsmith: the extraordinary peace activist - 18 Apr 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Join CND and the LSE Library for a celebration of the life of Pat Arrowsmith, the extraordinary peace campaigner and organiser of the first Aldermaston March in 1958, the single event that most put CND on the public map at this time. Speakers include: Steve Bell, Pa...

09/03/2024

Suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst in mock prison garb, December 1908.

This and many other images from the suffrage campaigns on LSE Library Flickr.

📸 The Women's Library: https://bit.ly/3ThP42F

Photos from LSE Library's post 08/03/2024

Happy International Women's Day!

These two posters and See Red calendar page are from The Women's Library collection and mark IWD 1975, 1976 and 1980.

The Women’s Library is the oldest and largest library in Britain devoted to the history of women’s campaigning and activism. It was officially inaugurated as the Library of the London Society for Women’s Service in 1926.

Everyone is welcome to visit us to use this incredible resource. See our website to find out more.

📁 TWL.2003.300
📁 TWL.2005.91.04
📁 TWL.2006.02.39c

07/03/2024

Hello! Come on down! We can't wait to see you 😍

Photos from LSE Library's post 06/03/2024

in 1979, LSE alumna and Labour MP Maureen Colquhoun introduced the Protection of Prostitutes Bill to the House of Commons. It was campaigned for by the English Collective of Prostitutes, who also created this badge held in The Women's Library collection.

Our archives are open to all. Check our website to find out more. And you can find out more about celebrated LSE alumna Maureen Colquhoun on the LSE History blog.

06/03/2024

Looking for a party? We're having one! Come on over this Thursday 7 March between 6pm and 9pm for art activities, networking drinks & short talks by guest speakers on their research 📚 🥳.

All welcome and no booking required!

ℹ️ See LSE Library Linktree for more info.

Women Against Pit Closures 05/03/2024

New blog: "Women Against Pit Closures" — the Jean McCrindle archives and the 1984 .

Some fantastic photos in this one!

Women Against Pit Closures Learn about Women Against Pit Closures through a tour of some of the archives held at LSE Library.

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LSE Library, also known as The British Library of Political and Economic Science, was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world-class collections, including The Women's Library collection.

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