Beginnings:
The History of Higher Education in Bloomsbury and Westminster

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Institute of Education, University of London

King's College London

London School of Economics

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Royal Holloway, University of London

School of Oriental and African Studies

Senate House Library, University of London

University College London

University of Westminster

Welcome to the Beginnings Project

Historically, Bloomsbury and the surrounding area has long been associated with the arts, education and medicine, so it is appropriate that so many of London's higher education institutions should be based nearby.

University College London was founded here in 1826 and other University of London buildings soon began to be built. Meanwhile, on nearby Regent Street, Westminster Polytechnic was opened in 1838. The various institutions described on these webpages represent over 150 years of education in the capital.

Browse the 'Beginnings' website for an introduction to the history of the educational buildings in Bloomsbury and Westminster. Here you will find images of the early sites, hear about influential founders and be shown highlights from the archive collections.

Click on the images below to be taken to information on each institution:

 

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Institute of Education

Institute of Education

King's College London

King's College London

London School of Economics

London School of Economics

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

School of Oriental and African Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

Senate House Library, University of London

Senate House Library, University of London

University College London

University College London

University of Westminster

University of Westminster