British Library of Political and Economic Science

Interior of a modern building

The working Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences.

The entire collection of this library is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

The collections held in the British Library of Political and Economic Science (except the Course Collection) are Designated Collections of national importance. They are significant to the study of economics, statistics, political science and public administration, international law and in the economic, political, social and international aspects of history and anthropology.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of display in Women, Peace and Equality exhibition at LSE library

Women, Peace and Equality

  • 9 January — 9 April 2016 *on now

The Library’s spring exhibition draws on its iconic collections to explore the theme of war, women and peace. It coincides with the launch of the new teaching programme at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.

War has devastating consequences for both men and for women. Historically, armed conflict highlights underlying inequalities between men and women that are less obvious in peacetime. Sustainable peace is dependent upon equality and understanding between people which will only be realised with greater participation of women in international roles at all levels.

The exhibition considers how women have tried to prevent war and promote peace. It also shows how women have raised awareness about those who have suffered in war and how they have alleviated the distress of war through humanitarian relief work.

The exhibition also looks at key international events from 1975 which have led to the subject of women, peace and security entering the international agenda.
On display are original photographs and documents from the Boer War in 1901, Eglantyne Jebb and Save the Children, Edith Summerskill’s visit to Spanish Civil War refugees, photographs from the first women’s international peace congress in 1915 which led to the formation of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and UN posters and letters.

British Library of Political and Economic Science
London School of Economics & Political Science
10 Portugal Street
Greater London



020 7955 7229


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