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.

Conway Hall Ethical Society Lectures

Conway Hall Ethical Society has a long history of running public lectures, discussions and a library service. This advert from their former home at South Place, (c.1910) highlights a continuity at the heart of the Society.

Senor Ferrer: secularist, anarchist and freethinker

Conway Hall Ethical Society (formerly South Place Ethical Society) has a long history of promoting liberty, ethics and justice, as well as supporting social, political and secular campaigners. In 1909 the Society publicly demonstrated its support for Senor Francisco Ferrer, a Spanish anarchist who used his fortune to promote secular education and campaign for political freedom.

Children’s Ethical Sunday Services at South Place

Children’s Ethical Sunday Services at South Place.

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.

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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Fri, 14th Feb, 2014
Book plate

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

Student Humanist Federation

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

John Stuart Mill

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

Marriage certificate

Nineteenth-century marriages at Conway Hall Ethical Society.

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