In June 2016 the electorate were asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” with 17.4 million voting “Leave” and 16.1 million voting “Remain”. By March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union with the UK set to leave the EU by March 2019.
What does Brexit mean to you? is a free public exhibition featuring items from LSE Library collections related to the UK’s relationship in and out of the EU. Guest curators from the LSE community explore this history, from an LSE postgraduate student looking at the Federal Union founded in 1938, to a visiting researcher on freedom of movement in the 2016 referendum. Also on display are the archives of the founder of the Anti-Federalist League (which later became UKIP), and participants from Generation Brexit, a project to engage young people in the Brexit negotiations.
Rather than being a comprehensive history of the UK in and out of the EU, the exhibition provides a space for you to explore what Brexit means to you, using some of the Library’s collections as inspiration.
Daniel Payne, a curator at LSE Library said:
A year and a half after the UK’s moments vote to leave the EU, Brexit remains as contentious and divisive an issue as ever. This exhibition gives visitors a chance to explore what Brexit means to them, using the special collections of LSE Library as a backdrop. You can also have your say in the exhibition by adding your response to the question “What does Brexit mean to you in three words?
Opening times and visiting
Tours are available on request – get in touch to arrange these.
From 17 September to 14 December 2018:
LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD
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For further information, contact the team marking your email for the attention of Daniel Payne.
Events and related activities
- 26 September, What does Brexit mean to you? The conversation. Free, book a ticket.
- 2 October, In the Archives: the founding of the Anti-Federalist League. Free, book a ticket.
- 4 October, Race and the Referendum - Ethnic Minority Attitudes to EU Membership with Neema Begum - free lunchtime talk.
- 18 October, Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain. Free, book a ticket.
- 25 October, The Citizenship Test. Free, no tickets required.
- 1 November, Brexit and Impact on LGBT+ people with Quinn Roache - free lunchtime talk.
- 7 November, In the archives: “Freedom of Movement or Immigration”? Free, book a ticket.
- 15 November, The Origins and Endings of Britain and the EU? A conversation through the archives. Free, no ticket required.
- 20 November, Sophie Walker: A Feminist Foreign Policy. Free, no ticket required.
- 22 November, Brexit: how's this all going to end? Free, book a ticket.
- 6 December, How should museums and libraries talk about politics? A practical workshop.