A graphic including a selection of protest and the text LSE Library Late 7 March 2024


LSE Library Late: celebrating The Women's Library

Hosted by the LSE Library

LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom

Join us for a Library Late, a free and public celebration of the 10-year anniversary of The Women’s Library Reading Room!  

The Women’s Library is the oldest and largest library in Britain devoted to the history of women’s campaigning and activism.  

It has had many homes and many names. It was renamed the Fawcett Library in 1953 in memory of Millicent Garrett Fawcett and then The Women’s Library in 2002. 

In 2013, The Women’s Library moved to LSE and with the opening of The Women's Library Reading Room in the following year, we have welcomed many researchers, artists, academics, activists and more over the last 10 years!  

Come and find out about how we collect, digitise, catalogue and how you can use the collection to inspire your own research, art and other activities.

two people stood by a table with archives on it. One is pointing at an object while the other is looking

During this free evening open to the public, we will be celebrating with...  

  • pop-up exhibition from The Women's Library collection
  • short talks by guest speakers on their research
  • behind-the-scenes tours of LSE Library Archives
  • behind-the-scenes tours of LSE Library Digitisation Suite 
  • a drop-in art activity with Nadina Ali inspired by the archives
  • a drinks reception and opportunities to network

Catch a guest speaker in the reading room

Welcome by LSE Library Director Niamh Tumelty and introductions by Dr Anne Summers, Chair of the Friends of The Women's Library.

  • 6.15pm - Dr Jane Grant, Friend of The Women's Library and Fawcett Society author. Topic: History of The Women's Library
  • 6.45pm - Emily Fuggle, PhD. Topic: Ethel Solomon and her suffrage activities and work at the Ben Uri Gallery, 
  • 7.15pm - Stephanie Wanga, PhD. Topic: Women and the making of the state in Africa
  • 7.45pm - Prof Caitriona Beaumont. Topic: Intergenerational female activism
  • 8.15pm - Dr Eleanor Careless. Topic: Liberating Histories project @LibHistories

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The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including the Women's Library and Hall-Carpenter Archives.


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