Contact Debbie Challis, Education and Outreach Officer.
Schools and communities
We offer access to our collections through workshops and visits for schools, community organisations and adult learning as well as running a public programme of activities throughout the year.
Our collections are useful for schools studying history, citizenship, sociology and politics, particularly in topics related to the welfare state, social and political activism in a variety of movements, LGBT+ rights and campaigns, women's rights and changes in the role of women. We also have online resources. We support research for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
We support projects for external organisations through access to our archives and facilitating activities.
We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools. We have a dedicated teaching room for up to 35 staff and students. If you are interested in making a visit, please fill out this form and send it to email@example.com. We can tailor sessions with archive material or give tours of the current exhibition as well as support Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
See below for more details on the areas our collections cover:
- History key stage 3: voting, politics and the extension of the franchise; League of Nations and impact of the 'Great War'; reasons for social reform and the creation of the welfare state; decade overviews; women's suffrage and the changing position of women in British society.
- Citizenship key stage 3 and 4: the government of and democratic participation in the United Kingdom; the struggle for liberties.
- GCSE and A level history: 20th-century British history, particularly voting reform, women's suffrage and rights, social issues and the welfare state, civil liberties and the peace movement.
- A level Sociology: Culture and Identity – sexuality; Families and Households.
- A level Government and Politics: Electoral systems - Referendums, Political Parties, Programmes, Policies and manifestos, European Union, Women’s movement and feminism.
- Tours of LSE Library to give students experience in accessing university resources and how to reference sources, including assistance with EPQ.
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We will deliver sessions on either women's suffrage, the Victorian Poor, activism and social justice at schools in the Greater London area dependent on staff availability.
We welcome enquiries from community groups for visits to our collections, particularly in areas of LGBTQ+ history, women’s history and activism, and for areas relating to our exhibitions programme. We have a dedicated teaching room that can host up to 35 people. We will consider giving external talks and workshops depending on available resources.
We are supporting a number of projects, particularly around the centenary of suffrage for some women in 1918. Please contact the Education and Outreach Officer for more information on partnerships and supporting work. Recent projects include:
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LSE Library has a number of online resources:
The Changing Role of Women
Download a timeline of the main legal changes affecting women from 1918 to 1929 The Changing Role of Women 1918-1929 [PPT 3MB]. This can be used in topics around the changing role of women in British society, particularly between the wars, in History, Sociology and Religious Studies.
Download a ‘newspaper’ of case studies of women [PDF 1.4MB] (Helena Normanton, Mithan Tata, Mary Stott, Maude Royden) featured in The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions exhibition from law, journalism and the Church as well as contextual information is available to download. This can be used for comprehension exercises or topic information for the ‘changing role’ of women in British Society. Please note it prints at A3 but can be sized down.
KS3 resources for teachers
We have produced Teachers' Notes and Lesson Presentations for use in teaching key stage three history that are informed by the content of and LSE archive material used in our Welfare State exhibition.
The resources can be used to support teaching ‘Challenges for Britain and the wider world 1901 to the present day’. They are in three sections:
A) Social Reform in the 1900s: teachers’ notes (Word Doc), lesson presentation (PPT 5MB)
B) The Great Depression and Hungry Thirties: teachers’ notes (Word Doc), lesson presentation (PPT 2MB)
C) The Creation of the Welfare State: teachers’ notes (Word Doc), lesson presentation (PPT 19MB)
The following notes and PowerPoint presentation are based on our At Last! Votes for Women exhibition, which concentrates on the campaign for women to have the vote from 1908 to 1918. They can be adapted for the Votes for Women topic in Key Stage 3 History and the development of the political system of government in Key stage 3 Citizenship. They can also be used as part of the Equality and Rights module in GCSE History AQA & OCR. They contain primary sources from the Women’s Library.
The following notes and PowerPoint presentation are based on the Endell Street – Women’s Military Hospital Project, which concentrates on the changing role of women from the 1900s to 1920, with a particular emphasis on women’s contribution to medicine and work in World War One. They contain primary sources from the Women’s Library.
All of the educational resources produced are open access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any non-commercial medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
KS4 resources for teachers
An education resource focusing on individuals who witnessed the aftermath of the First World War in Britain and Europe and tried to improve the fragile peace through documents from LSE Archives, including the Women’s Library Collection. These notes and presentation cover ‘Peace-making’ and the formation of The League of Nations for the early part of the ‘inter-war years 1918-1939’ topic at GCSE level, with extra content that can be adapted for A Level. A Level and / or Citizenship sections are marked in orange.
History AS / A Level Beveridge Report source material
Draws on archive material displayed in the exhibition A Time for Revolutions: Making the Welfare State at LSE Library, January to April 2018 to provide original archive sources and supporting material around the 1942 Beveridge Report. Transcripts and images of original documents are provided on the PowerPoint slides and the teachers’ notes provide contextual and background information for the Beveridge Report and the Creation of the Welfare State.
How to access or visit
For our opening times and visiting our archives please see our opening hours.
LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.
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Contact Debbie Challis on email, Twitter or call on 020 7107 5472.