Alternatives to Religion

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Family Planning Association Picket, 1961

Whilst cataloguing, some unexpected items turned up in the National Secular Society Archives.

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This collection of photographs (as the handbill explains), were taken during a protest against British Transports decision to remove Family Planning Association adverts from London Underground in 1961.

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The NSS have always been proponents of freedom of speech and human rights. Therefore it is likely that they would have supported the aims of the picket outside the British Transport Commission Head Quarters.

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Image © National Secular Society

Humanist Library and Archives reference: NSS/7/23

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Next month will see the 181st birthday of Charles Bradlaugh, a committed atheist and political activist.

Bradlaugh was the founder of the National Secular Society, bringing together localised secular societies to campaign for the separation of Church and State.

These photograph were labelled ‘Bradlaughiana’ when uncovered in the National Secular Society archives. The collection includes photographs of Bradlaugh as a child and in adulthood as well as capturing the sign post for ‘Bradlaugh Street’ in Hoxton, London (since renamed).  

It also preserves a piece of Bradlaugh’s campaign propaganda with sheet music for the song ‘Bradlaugh for Northampton!’ encouraging the electorate to vote. The collection also records the huge crowds who turned out to celebrate the unveiling of Bradlaugh’s statue in Northampton.

Image © National Secular Society

Humanist Library and Archives reference: NSS/7/16

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