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.

Children’s Ethical Sunday Services

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Children’s Ethical Sunday Services at South Place

Children’s Ethical Sunday Services at South Place.

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Gora and the Atheist Centre, Vijayawada

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Gora and the Atheist Centre in Vijayawada

From even a quick browse of the archive, it is clear that Conway Hall Ethical Society has a long tradition of forging connections with kindred organisations. Included in this illuminating collection is a snapshot about Gora and the Atheist Centre in Vijayawada, India.

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Ethical Society Lectures

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Architecture lecture - poster

Conway Hall Ethical Society has been hosting and arranging courses of lectures since the late nineteenth century. Here are come early examples of lecture series on offer between 1890 and 1900.

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Book plate from inside the 1824-1924 Centenary Souvenir Annual of South Place Ethical Society

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Book plate

A beautiful book plate from inside the 1824-1924 Centenary Souvenir Annual of South Place Ethical Society.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society links

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Student Humanist Federation

As part of the wider Humanist movement, Conway Hall Ethical Society has always forged links with similar societies.

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The Conway Hall Ethical Society archive

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John Stuart Mill

As well as historic items, modern material continue to be added to the Conway Hall Ethical Society archive.

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Nineteenth-century marriages at the Ethical Society

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Marriage certificate

Nineteenth-century marriages at Conway Hall Ethical Society.

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“A duty of free enquiry”

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A duty of free enquiry

The charismatic William Johnson Fox, Minister of Parliament Court Chapel and South Place Chapel (forerunners of Conway Hall Ethical Society) addressed his radical congregation on 27 March 1842.

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Seasons Greetings from the British Humanist Association Archive, 1966

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BHA seasonal card

Seasons Greetings from the British Humanist Association Archive, 1966.

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