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Artwork in Keppel Street

During our regular tours of the building, we point out the various artworks which are on display around the Keppel Street building. In 2000, the School established a contemporary art programme. The initial idea was to commission or purchase some sculptures and pictures, but the building has relatively few suitable…

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Opening ceremony of the Keppel Street building

The School was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales (who went onto become Edward 8th who abdicated), on 18th July 1929 at 12pm. On arrival he was welcomed by the Chairman of the Board of Management, Lord Melchett; Chairman of the Court of Governors, Sir Holburt Waring; and…

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Kennington Frieze

Above the entrance to the Library & Archives Service, on the first floor of the Keppel Street building, is a frieze designed by the sculptor Eric Henri Kennington RA (1888-1960). He was an English sculptor, artist and illustrator, and an official war artist in both World Wars.

As a…

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The Gilded Vectors of Disease: Sculptures at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Decorating the exterior of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a frieze in the Art Deco style of gilded bronze figures of ten different animals. The figures are sculpted into the iron balconies on the first floor overlooking the front and sides of the building. All…

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Silvertown after the explosion, 1917

100th Anniversary of the Silvertown Explosion

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Silvetown Explosion, where, on the evening of January 19th 1917, 50 tonnes of trinitrotoluene exploded after efforts to extinguish a fire in one of the factory melt pots failed. The explosion killed 73 people, injured more than 400 and instantly destroyed an estimated…

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Changing Face of Keppel Street: Oral History Project

Changing Face of Keppel Street: Oral History Project

As part of the ‘Changing Face of Keppel Street’ exhibition, currently on display in the Keppel Street foyer, LSHTM staff members were interviewed to capture their recollections of their time at the School.

Edited versions of these interviews are available to view…

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90th Anniversary: Laying of the Foundation Stone

Today, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, marks the 90th year of the laying of the school’s Foundation Stone by future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. It would be another three years until the school was officially opened by the H.R.H Prince of Wales on the…

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The Changing Face of Keppel Street Exhibition

Our exhibition on the history of the site and the building goes on display this week. The idea behind the exhibition is to showcase some of the amazing archival material that the School holds on the Keppel Street building and to highlight how the building has changed since it was…

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School building photo competition

As part of ‘The Changing Face of Keppel Street’ exhibition, which will be on display around the School between July and September 2016, we are launching a photo competition for staff and students! We are looking for impressing and creative photos of different parts of the School building.

What sort…

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75 Years Ago Today: LSHTM & the Blitz

75 years ago today, on Saturday, 10th  May, 1941, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was bombed. Fortunately, as the bomb struck at 10.45pm, only four people – G.S Parkinson, K. M. Shaw, W. Gurr and W. Farr – were present and all escaped unscathed. Unfortunately, the same…

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