Articles in the category ideas and activism

Conway Hall, London

Conway Hall at at 37 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, is the home of the South Place Ethical Society and today is a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life. The Hall was built in 1926 on the site of a tenement, previously a factory. The Ethical Society moved here after 100 years at South Place in […]

Kings College, Cambridge

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Leicester Secular Hall

Leicester Secular Hall is a Grade II Listed Building built in 1881 for Leicester Secular Society. Origins In the 1840s and 50s Secularist lecturers were frequently denied the use of public meeting rooms, either because they were owned by religious bodies, or clerical authorities put pressure on lay landlords, and publicans were afraid for their licenses. […]

University College London

University College London was founded in 1826, opening up education to wider social groups than those permittted into Oxford and Cambridge including men who were not members of the Church of England. In 1878 it became the first British educational establishment to admit women on equal terms with men. Although commonly believed to be a […]

St George’s Hill, Weybridge

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Down House, Downe

Home of Charles Darwin. On 17 September 1842 Darwin closed the door of Macaw Cottage, 12 Upper Gower Street, in London, and boarded his horse-drawn carriage for the two-hour journey to his new home, in the village of Down in Kent (now Downe in the Greater London Borough of Bromley). Down House was originally a farmhouse, […]

Brixton Prison, London

Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Brixton is a prison in London, built in 1819. Bertrand Russell was imprisoned here in 1961 for his part in a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament demonstration in London. Visiting The prison is still in use and so not open to the general public. Also see… Brixton Prison on Wikipedia Her Majesty’s […]

Methodist Central Hall, London

Methodist Central Hall is a Methodist church in the City of Westminster, London, opened in 1912 as a monument to mark the centenary of John Wesley’s death, the founder of Methodism. From 1932 to 2000, Central Hall was the headquarters of the Methodist Church. It has been regularly used for political rallies and Bertrand Russell lectured […]

London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Bertrand Russell lectured here. Visiting Located in central London, LSE is easily accessible by a range of transport including underground (tube), rail, bus and car. Also see… London School of Economics website

Palace of Westminster, London

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom—the House of Lords and the House of Commons. A number of prominent humanists and secularists have sat in each houses. One of them – Charles Bradlaugh – was […]