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LSE celebrates the life and work of Lionel Robbins to mark 50th Anniversary of his report on Higher Education

LSE Library has launched an online digital exhibition of the life of economist Lionel Robbins to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his landmark report into higher education.

Robbins113x148The exhibition, The economist and the wider world: the papers of Lionel Robbins (1898-1984)|, includes a selection of photographs, papers and correspondence from Robbins’ life.

On Tuesday 22 October 2013, LSE is also holding a one-day conference- Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins- to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the Robbins Report.

The conference, supported by the LSE Annual Fund, will close with a public event featuring a panel discussion with Bahram Bekhradnia, Rajay Naik, and David Willetts MP.

The 1963 Report into Higher Education, chaired by Lionel Robbins, revealed that entry into university largely depended on class rather than ability, paving the way for expansion and modernisation within the higher education sector.

Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, said:

‘'LSE Library’s project celebrates the anniversary of this landmark report, and documents the important contributions Robbins made to the arts, politics and LSE during his long career, guaranteeing the availability of his papers to future generations of researchers.’'

Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics at LSE, said:

"The Robbins Report advocated what in 1963 was the revolutionary idea that anyone with the aptitude and desire to go to university should be able to do so, and thus underpinned the major expansion of British higher education which is still continuing.’'

The Library has also launched an online catalogue that enables text searches within Robbins’ papers (http://archives.lse.ac.uk/|). The catalogue includes records from Robbins’ First World War military service, leadership of the economic section of the War Cabinet Offices during the Second World War, his role representing Britain at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, and positions as a board member and director of the National Gallery and Royal Opera House. As well as documenting Robbins’ wide-ranging career and the vast contribution to public life, the catalogue demonstrates his close connection with LSE over 50 years as a student, professor, Chair of the Economics Department, and Chairman of the Court of Governors.

Contact:

Peter Carrol, LSE Library Communications, 020 7852 3525, p.carrol@lse.ac.uk|

Notes to editors

The economist and the wider world: the papers of Lionel Robbins (1898 – 1984) Digital Online Exhibition:

http://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/collections/lionelrobbins|

 Search the Lionel Robbins Collection Catalogue:

http://archives.lse.ac.uk/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=ROBBINS&pos=147|

For more information see www.lse.ac.uk/library|

Lionel Robbins’ papers comprise of correspondence, notebooks, drafts and proofs of articles and books, reports, diaries, and photographs. The project was funded by the LSE Annual Fund, with ‘The Lionel Robbins Papers’ donated to LSE Library by the family of Lionel Robbins in 2010.

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