LSE has given me a lifelong interest in nineteenth century social history. I was inspired by the teaching of H.L. Beales, and lucky enough to have my essays corrected by R.H.Tawney who was retired but still working in the war years. Even in my own retirement I have pursued my interest in social history, writing a biography of Henrietta Barnett.
LSE also inspired me with an interest in politics and led to my career as a teacher of A-Level Politics in a comprehensive school.
LSE has given me some lifelong friendships and, most importantly, I met my husband John Watkins as a fellow student, and was happily married for nearly fifty years. LSE has remembered my John with the extremely generous support from a successful ex-student, creating the John Watkins Plaza outside the Library.
I owe so much fulfilment in my life to LSE that I am glad to give a legacy to the School so that others can experience the same inspiration in the coming years.