Freethought and Humanism

Special Collections and Archives

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. Values Education Council

  2. Holyoake Library

  3. Index (formerly Index on Censorship)

  4. Ethical Church

  5. Munday, Diane

  6. Stopes-Roe, Harry Verdon


  7. Bradlaugh, Charles

  8. Rationalist Peace Society

  9. Humanist Funeral Tribute Archive

  10. Bradlaugh Library

  11. Brierley, Tony

  12. British Humanist Association