Articles in the category activist

Michael Wright

Michael Wright was a Leicester businessman who along with Josiah Gimson bought the majority of share in a Leicester Secular Hall Company in order to finance the construction of Leicester Secular Hall, home of Leicester Secular Society. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from […]

Charles Watts

Charles Watts was a prominent freethinker. His son Charles Albert Watts founded of the Rationalist Press Association.

Charles Albert Watts

Charles Albert Watts was the son of the prominent freethinker Charles Watts and founder of the Rationalist Press Association. He founded it to “assist in securing the amendment of the law which sanctions the confiscation of property left for anti-theological purpose, and to promote the issuing, advertising, and circulation of publication devoted Freethought and Advanced Religious reform.”  (Blasphemy Depot, […]

G.W. Foote

(11 January 1850 – 17 October 1915) George William Foote was a publisher and president of the National Secular Society (NSS). Foote was born in Plymouth. His father was a customs officer there but  died when Foote was only four. Foote founded the periodical The Freethinker in 1882 and it is still in rude health, both […]

Harold Blackham

(31 March 1903 – 23 January 2009) Harold John Blackham was a leading British humanist and writer on philosophical and historical subjects. Born on the 31st March, 1903, near Birmingham, Blackham studied literature and worked in farming and teaching before turning to philosophy and adult education. Though never a professional philosopher, he tutored adult education […]

A.J. Ayer

(29 October 1910 – 27 June 1989) Sir Alfred Jules Ayer, better known as A. J. Ayer was a British philosopher known for his promotion of logical positivism. He was also President of the British Humanist Association (BHA) from 1965-70. Ayer wrote in his Language, Truth and Logic that all religious and metaphysical statements were […]

Henry Brougham

(19 September 1778 – 17 May 1868) Henry Brougham was a radical thinker and reformer who nevertheless was able to work within the establishment. A young Scottish lawyer The son of Henry and Eleanora Brougham, landowners in Westmorland, he was born in Edinburgh, entered Edinburgh University at the age of 14, and while still a student presented a […]

John Gott

(1866 – 4 November 1922) John William Gott was the last person in Britain to be sent to prison for blasphemy. He was a clothing salesman from Bradford, and led a group called the Freethought Socialist League. He was sentenced four times for publishing antichristian pamphlets. Four months in 1911, two weeks in 1916, four weeks 1917 and […]

Mary Wollstonecraft

(27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. Wollstonecraft was a remarkable woman. In her thinking she was ahead of her time to an extraordinary degree. She lived in the eighteenth century when women’s lives were very restricted, but wrote in favour of women’s rights. She […]

Henry Hetherington

 (17 June 1792 – 23 August 1849) Henry Hetherington was a follower of Robert Owen and a prominent Chartist. The son of a London tailor he began work at 13 as an apprentice at Hansard’s printing works, and in 1810 as a shopman for Richard Carlile, as well as in Belgium. In the 1820s he […]