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. Paine, Thomas


  2. Index (formerly Index on Censorship)

  3. Stopes-Roe, Harry Verdon


  4. Brierley, Tony


  5. Campbell, Colin Barnsley

  6. Hampstead Humanist Society

  7. Rationalist Association


  8. Values Education Council

  9. Ethical Church

  10. Bradlaugh, Charles

  11. Bradlaugh Library

  12. British Humanist Association