Conway Hall Library & Archives has its beginnings back in 1886 when our Ethical Society first began collecting books for the betterment of its membership. In keeping with the Society’s thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world and our place within it, we are developing our digital collections and sharing them beyond the confines of our building.
Thanks to £88,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Conway Hall is currently digitising over 1,300 nineteenth-century pamphlets as part of the Victorian Blogging project. The pamphlets discuss issues such as secularism, parliamentary reform, blasphemy laws, freedom of the press, women’s rights, suffrage, Irish home rule, the Corn Laws, birth control, vivisection, socialism, and vegetarianism (to name but a few).
Explore the history of the buildings that have sheltered Conway Hall Ethical Society and the spaces that we have called home by viewing our digitised archive collection, Architecture and Place.
Listen to Pause for Thought, a humanist alternative to the BBC Radio 4 programme Thought for the Day, that was broadcast on BBC World Service from 1997-99. These audio files were kindly donated to Conway Hall by producer, Christopher Templeton. You can read more about Pause for Thought here.