Ethical Record

Eighteen months ago Nicky Hilton starting the enormous task of cataloguing the archives of Conway Hall Ethical Society, the British Humanist Association and also the National Secular Society, and now that work is complete. The archives of all three major institutions have been catalogued. Funded by the National Archive, Nicky’s…

Written by Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe. Beginnings in Bishopsgate The South Place Society holds a place by itself in London and England. The congregation out of which it grew was formed one hundred and sixty years ago, at a crucial stage of the French Revolution. There is no other association in the…

The story of Conway Hall Ethical Society dates back to 1787 and a nonconformist congregation, led by Elhanan Winchester, rebelling against the doctrine of eternal damnation. This group of freethinking individuals, based in a small chapel on the eastern edge of London (Parliament Court Chapel), was the beginnings of what…

Jim Walsh writes: We regret to announce the death of Allan St John Dixon OBE MD FRCP in his 92nd year at his home in Cornwall on 19 June 2014. He had been a member of the Society for over 60 years. He married Shelia Brown in the Library of…

Few outside of expert circles in the history of scientific discovery know that – contrary to what is written in thousands of textbooks and scientific papers – neither Darwin nor Wallace were first to discover the theory of natural selection. Patrick Matthew is acknowledged by experts in the field as…

To start with a confession, ‘Elliot George’ is my pen name. I am a retired science teacher who writes books and I don’t want my anti-religious books mixed up with my other books – it might damage sales! In April 2014, I debated an evangelical pastor in his own church….

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John Rayner (1929 – 2014) Marina Ingham writes: There was a fairly good attendance at John’s funeral at the Ruislip crematorium on the 12th June, his own birthday: they were mainly friends and members of the Harrow Humanist group, as well as the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and his own…

OBITUARIES Mary Lincé (15 March 1915 – 26 March 2014) David Morris writes: Mary Lincé was a valued and long standing member of this Society. Chamber music was an important part of her life and she played a significant role in the concerts’ history, as did her husband Martin. It…

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