From the Archives Blog

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.

Happy Human symbols

The ‘Happy Human’ is the international symbol of humanism. The ‘Happy Human’ symbols were used between 1965 and 1980.

An end to Belief?

Ludovic Kennedy explored the idea of belief and a Christian afterlife in 1984.

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Wed, 15th May, 2013
1 MI6 spy, 1 BBC Broadcaster & 12 children of Mrs Jones

Leaflets from the BHA which were published shortly after the Association was formally created in the 1960s.

Alternatives to Religion: the project begins

Alternatives to Religion is a joint project between Conway Hall and Bishopsgate Institute. It aims to make the unique records of three influential groups available to the public.

Conway Hall archives

Carl Harrison tells all… Conway Hall Ethical Society is probably the oldest freethought community in the world. This proud heritage is embodied in its archives, which form part of the Humanist Library and Archives at Conway Hall.  These unique historical records are the authentic witness of the Society’s evolution from…

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