The Hellenic Observatory, located in the LSE’s European Institute, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. In the mid-1990s, a campaign was launched to establish a chair on Greece that was neither concerned with the ancient or classical past, nor the arts and humanities. The LSE would champion the study of contemporary Greek society, politics and economics and it established the ‘Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies’. 20 Years later the Hellenic Observatory is now one of the largest ‘Departmental Research Units’ (DRUs) in the School. We can be very proud of this achievement and can justifiably claim to be the premier international location for the study teaching and research of contemporary Greek politics, economy and society.
To celebrate this important milestone we hosted a series of special events in the UK, Greece and Cyprus. We also organised two photography exhibitions at the LSE's Atrium Gallery: Imagine Greece and Cyprus In Time.
You can read more about the HO 20th Anniversary at the LSE History blog and found out more about what we organised in the past events section of the website