Library

The largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK, our Library and archives are open to all.

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Conway Hall’s library and archives contain a wealth of historical texts, artworks, music and other printed materials.

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A reference Library open to all. Whether you’re a dedicated researcher or just curious, come and browse our shelves.

Postcard of the John Aldred memorial fireplace in the Conway Hall Library

The Humanist Library and Archives has commenced the process of digitising our collections in order to share them beyond the confines of our building. Our first digital collection is called Architecture and Place and explores the history of the buildings that have or do shelter our Society, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the spaces which we have called home.

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Experience the Library as if you were here!

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You can search both our library books and archives online via our catalogue.

Conway Hall School Art Workshop March 2016 LR (16)

From the Archives allows us in the Humanist Library and Archives to share some of our wonderful items and our learning with you!

It also includes entries from the former A2R (Alternatives to Religion) blog, a collaborative project between Conway Hall and Bishopsgate Institute which sparked exploration of some of the ways people have tried to make sense of the world and live together ethically without the need for faith in a God or gods. The key themes linking this broad movement are Freethought, Ethics, Humanism, Rationalism and Secularism. Material for these entries came from the British Humanist Association, The National Secular Society and Conway Hall Ethical Society. Posts were written by archivists, Nicky Hilton and Carl Harrison.