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Economics at LSE Since 1895: An Exhibition

32 Lincoln's Inn Fields| was officially opened on Monday, 29 April 2013 by HRH The Princess Royal. To celebrate the opening, LSE Archives held an exhibition| on the history of economics at LSE since the School’s foundation in 1895. The exhibition included why the founders believed a School of Economics and Political Science was necessary; the developments during the School’s early years, when LSE became part of the University of London and then established the country’s first BSc degree in economics; the expansion during the directorship of William Beveridge (1919-37); the Department of Economics to the 1960s and a list of convenors (heads of the Department) since 1962.

The exhibition also featured photographs of prominent economists from the School’s archive. There were some originals from the archives and rare books collections on display, usually under lock and key in the Library, including:

  • A merchants guidebook from 1643
  • A volume by William Petty (1623-87), one of the founders of economic science
  • The first edition of The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • Early graphs illustrating the economy in the 18th century
  • Diary entry by Hugh Dalton regarding his teaching arrangements at LSE in 1919.

For content of this exhibition, please click here.

Just economics and politics? Think again.  While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School - from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, and an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors, various film, art and photographic student societies, the annual LSE photo prize competition, the LSE Literary Festival and artist-in-residence projects. For more information please view the  LSE Arts| website.