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 LSE120th Anniversary

Celebrating 120 years of LSE

Beatrice and Sidney Webb sitting on a bench in the 1940s 

In October 1895 LSE opened its doors to students for the first time. Find out more about LSE's history and join in our 120th anniversary celebrations. #LSE120|

Latest news

  • Did you know? LSE’s motto “rerum cognoscere causas” was chosen by  political economist Professor Edwin Cannan. Find out more at the Did you know? LSE trivia series.
  • The LSE Ghosts of the Past photographic exhibition is on display now on the lower ground floor of the New Academic Building. This exhibition includes images created by LSE's School photographer and Design Unit as well as the winning submission to the competition 'Ghost in the Library' by Postroom Operative Pawel Opaska.
  • Nobel Prize winning economist Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) joined LSE in 1938 and was the School's first black academic. Stuart Corbridge and Sue Donnelly provide two different perspectives on Arthur Lewis at LSE in these two videos.

LSE History blog

LSE History blogExplore the key events in LSE's 120 years of history. Journey through LSE's past using our interactive Timeline| or delve deeper through a selection of LSE History blog| posts celebrating the School's rich history - and uncovering some of the secrets of hidden LSE.

New on the LSE History blog: on the 80th anniversary of his death, we celebrate Edwin Cannan - economist and cyclist|.

120 Anniversary Scholarships

LSE 120th Anniversary Scholarships

LSE will be offering 120 Anniversary Scholarships| for taught Master's students from the UK starting at LSE in 2015. The awards will vary in value, based on financial need, and are designed to help with fees and living costs. 


LSE staff and students: log in to the special 120th anniversary internal resources| page for more news and ideas.