13 – 19 November 2017

Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge (1904–1988) was an MP from 1929-1931 and 1945-1970.

From 1964 she was given a number of roles within the government but will most be remembered as becoming minister of state from 1967 to 1970 Department of Education and Science. In this role she increased funding to the arts and made it accessible to the masses. However, her main achievement was setting up the Open University. This is a distance learning university for people who, for many reasons, are unable to attend university full-time. Its first students were accepted in January 1971 and it grew exponentially.

Jennie Lee was appointed as a life Peer in 1970. She worked as a Peer until her death from pneumonia in November 1988.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who’s Who