Talk by Stefan Dickers, Librarian and Archivist, the Bishopsgate Institute.
Charles Bradlaugh (1833 – 1891) was a committed atheist, social reformer and founder of the National Secular Society. Elected as MP for Northampton three times he was imprisoned for refusing to take the religious oath then required. Fellow pioneer George Holyoake (1817 – 1906) coined the words ‘secularism’ and ‘jingoism’ and was the last person to be convicted of ‘blasphemy in a public lecture.’ The Bishopsgate Institute has one of the most extensive collections relating to the secularist and freethinking movements, including many fascinating documents and personal artefacts of these two early heroes.
Stefan Dickers is a brilliantly entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. There will be an opportunity to see and hear about some of the fascinating documents and artefacts preserved by the Institute.
There is a great choice of local pubs/bars in the area where members can continue to socialise after the meeting.