A cartoon from the Freethought and Humanism archives.

Freethought and Humanism

Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives hold the most unique collection of archives and printed materials relating to the history of freethought and humanism in the country.

The collections include the archives and libraries of two of the Victorian era's most prominent thinkers on freethought and secularism: Charles Bradlaugh and George Jacob Holyoake.

The Special Collections and Archives also document the history, activities and campaigns of the movement from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Discover the extensive archives of Humanists UK, the Rationalist Association, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Associationand others.


  1. Thomas Paine Archive

  2. Index (formerly Index on Censorship) Archive

  3. Harry Stopes-Roe Archive

  4. Tony Brierley Archive

  5. Colin Barnsley Campbell Archive

  6. Hampstead Humanist Society Archive

  7. The Rationalist Association Archive

  8. Values Education Council Archive

  9. The Ethical Church Archive

  10. Charles Bradlaugh Archive

  11. Humanists UK Archive

  12. Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA)