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.

Collections

  1. Paine, Thomas

    1737-1809

  2. Humanist Funeral Tribute Archive

  3. Bradlaugh Library

  4. Brierley, Tony

    (b.1936)

  5. British Humanist Association

  6. Campbell, Colin Barnsley

  7. Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA)

  8. Hampstead Humanist Society

  9. Hemming, James

  10. Rationalist Association

    (b.1935)

  11. Holyoake, George Jacob

  12. Values Education Council