When the BHA almost wasn’t the BHA.
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.
One of the central concepts of humanism is that people should strive to “live full and happy lives…and, as part of this, help make it easier for other people to do the same”. Consequently, many humanists have a special interest in social reform and welfare.
Here is the original design of the ‘Happy Human’ by Dennis Barrington, now the international symbol of humanism.
The ‘Happy Human’ is the international symbol of humanism. The ‘Happy Human’ symbols were used between 1965 and 1980.
Leaflets from the BHA which were published shortly after the Association was formally created in the 1960s.
Collection of humanist 1960s greetings cards.
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…