Religion

National Secular Society members and Humanists protesting

National Secular Society members and Humanists protesting on Easter Monday in Hyde Park, c.1970.

View Humanists Are Marching!

Thu, 26th Jun, 2014

The National Secular Society was established by the political activist and atheist Charles Bradlaugh in 1886. The Society aimed to promote secularism and argued for a division between church and state.

Sunday lectures

Conway Hall Ethical Society has been providing an alternative to Sunday services – the Sunday Lectures, since the congregation of South Place Chapel moved away from religion in the nineteenth century.

Late Victorian advertisement for children’s parties

Late Victorian advertisements for children’s parties organised by the Soiree Committee of South Place Ethical Society, (1896-1900). The parties involved performance, dance and games.

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.

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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