Thanks to £88,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Conway Hall is embarking on an eighteen month project to digitise and tell the story of our 19th century pamphlet collection. These insubstantial ephemera discuss such myriad ideas as secularism, freedom of the press, parliamentary reform, blasphemy laws, women’s rights, Irish home…
We are in the process of developing our exciting new schools programme. If your primary school class would be interested in visiting Conway Hall please contact us and we can work with you to develop a bespoke visit suited to your needs.
We aim to offer visits that develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.
A typical visit could include the following:
a tour of Conway Hall including our library and main hall
a talk relating to the history and ethos of our society
Themes: freethinkers, social change and campaigning, individuals & community, philosophy, humanism, women’s rights, abolition of the slave trade, journalism, citizenship.
Activities : handling the archives, art workshop, creative writing, research skills.
National Curriculum subject areas covered include: Art & Design, History and RE, Science.
Useful organisations and resources for learning
Humanism for Schools
Understanding Humanism is a new website developed by the British Humanist Association, featuring education resources for primary and secondary schools. On the site teachers will find lesson plans, classroom activities, presentations, videos, and humanist perspectives on a range of topics. Designed by teachers for teachers, the resources will enable students to learn how humanists approach fundamental questions such as Why should I be good? Should I be afraid of death? and How can I make my life meaningful? You can also book a free visit from a humanist school speaker who can provide a personal perspective on being a humanist and answer students questions.
Marx Memorial Library
The Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell offers archive talks on subjects including the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, and Marx in London, using historical sources.
The People’s History Museum
Useful resource packs on lesson plans on subjects including citizenship, immigration, and women’s suffrage.