Contact Debbie Challis, Education and Outreach Officer.
Schools and communities
We offer access to our collections for schools, community organisations as well as run public events for adults and families throughout the year. In 2018 our exhibitions are on the Creation of the Welfare State (January to April), Women’s Suffrage (April to August) and Britain and the European Union (September to December).
Our collections are useful for Schools studying history and citizenship at key stage 3 and 4 (GCSE) as well as politics and sociology at A level. Online resources are being developed in these curriculum areas. You can now download key stage 3 resources on the creation of the welfare state. We can also support Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We offer bespoke workshops for schools and community groups drawing on our heritage collections.
We also support a number of projects for external organisations through access to our archives and facilitating activities.
We welcome visits from schools and can tailor sessions for schools in areas of key stage 3 & 4 history, key stage 3 & 4 citizenship, GCSE and A level history and A level government & politics and sociology as well as supporting Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). See below for more details on the areas our collections cover.
- History key stage 3: party politics, the extension of the franchise and social reform; women’s suffrage, the creation of the welfare state and the changing position of women in post-war 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: topics in early 20th-century history, particularly women's suffrage and rights, social reform and the creation of the welfare state, civil liberties.
- 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.
- We have a dedicated teaching room for up to 35 staff and students.
- Visits to LSE Library give students experience in accessing university resources, including assistance with EPQ.
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. Current projects include:
Listen to the Deeds Not Words audio on SoundCloud
We run public events as part of LSE Events, drawing on our collections and exhibitions programme. In 2018, our public programme centres on Suffrage 18 and Beveridge 2.0 [page coming soon].
Online Resources (illustrated lesson plans, activities and notes) will be available for Women’s Suffrage in May 2018.
LSE Library has access to a number of online resources:
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.
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.
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.