90th anniversary of the opening of the Keppel Street building

Prince of Wales speaking in the Library

During July, the School will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Keppel Street building. The School was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales (went onto become Edward 8th who abdicated), on 18th July 1929. He gave a speech in the library and then was taken on a tour which included visiting the museum, laboratories and finally visited the workmen in a marquee in the south-west courtyard.

As part of these celebrations, we will be tweeting historical and contemporary images of the building and sharing stories on the building’s history. These will highlight areas of the building that no longer exist such as the museum, provide information on what was on the School site before the School was here and how the Malet Street wing was destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War.

We will be putting archival material on display in the Manson Foyer so you can find out more about the history of the School and see some of our fantastic archive collections.

Original lecture theatre 1929

Also look out for posters appearing around the building which will show what that area of the School looked like the past and how that area has changed, here is an example of what the original lecture theatre looked like.

Please do contact the Archives Service at archives@lshtm.ac.uk if you have any questions on the history of the Keppel Street building.


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