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Education and outreach

Sharing our unique and distinctive collections with the world

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. 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. 

Early Gay Pride march
From the Pride March 1976, organised mainly by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

Schools

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.
Cartoon of two politicians as dogs who are chasing another politician which is a hare.
An item from our collection of political posters.

Communities

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. 

Projects

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:

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Public events

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]. 

Militant suffragettes being marched through Hyde Park by policemen
An image of suffragettes from our Flickr collection.

Online resources

Online Resources (illustrated lesson plans, activities and notes) will be available for The Creation of the Welfare State KS3 in February 2018 and Women’s Suffrage in May 2018.

LSE Library has access to a number of online resources:

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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Further information

Contact Debbie Challis on email, Twitter or call on 020 7107 5472.