Humanist Heritage partners
Person-focussed organisations
Heritage and History organisations

Humanist Heritage partners

Bishopsgate Library

An independant, charity-funded library with collections covering a variety of subject areas, including freethought and secularism co-operation.

British Humanist Association

Represents the interests of the large and growing population of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK – helping to set the agenda for debate. Committed to human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect, the British Humanist Association works for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion – and Christianity in particular – in law, education, broadcasting and wherever else it occurs. The site contains links to local humanist organisations and an excellent overview of the Humanist tradition organised by period.


Person-focussed organisations

Bertrand Russell Society

Aims to foster a better understanding of the life, work, and writings of Bertrand Russell and how his contributions relate to today’s world.

Darwin Birthplace Society

Aims to commemorate Charles Darwin in Shrewsbury, the town of his birth and schooling.

Darwin County

Online educational resource exploring the natural and human history of part of the West Midlands of England and adjacent parts of Wales during the 18th and 19th Centuries including the influence of naturalists such as Charles Darwin.

Freud Museum

The home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. The museum is being developed as a cultural and research center for the professional community.

Holyoake Archive

Digitized and text versions of George Holyoake books:  The Limits of Atheism, or Why should Sceptics be Outlaws? (1861);  The Principles of Secularism Illustrated (1870);  John Stuart Mill As some of the Working Classes Knew Him (1873); New Ideas of the Day (1887).

The Bentham Project

Aims to produce a new scholarly edition of the works and correspondence of Jeremy Bentham.

The C.L.R James Institute

Dedicated to collecting, documenting, and disseminating information concerning C.L.R. James.

The Hume Society

An international organisation which aims to stimulate scholarship on all aspects of Hume’s thought and writings.

The John Hewitt Society

The John Hewitt Society was established in 1987, to commemorate the life and work of renowned Northern Irish poet, who died that year.

Thomas Hardy Society

Aims to make Thomas Hardy’s work better known and to bring together those who enjoy his books, want to know them better, and would like to meet others who share their interest.

Thomas Paine Society

Aims to promote the recognition of Thomas Paine’s contribution to the cause of freedom, and to spread a knowledge of his work and activities with a view to encouraging the growth of a similar spirit of constructive criticism in every aspect of public life.


Heritage and History organisations

English Heritage

Exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.

Open Plaques

A service that aims to find and provide data about all the commemorative ‘plaques’ (often blue and round) that can be found across the UK and worldwide.

The British Society for the History of Mathematics

Aims to promote research into the history of mathematics and its use at all levels of mathematics education. Their Mathematical Gazateer of Britain contains information about where mathematicians were born, lived, worked, died, or are buried or commemorated.

The Freethought History Research Group

Founded to encourage interest and research into history of atheism, infidelity, secularism and related subjects.

The Historical Association

Publish a range of material to support teachers, academics and researchers and all those who love history. Lobby for and advise on history at all levels. They have over 50 branches nationwide who run over 300 walks, talks and visits annually.

The National Trust

Protects and opens to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills. They also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages.