18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Blessed with a glorious day and an influx of new attendees this year’s commemoration was deemed a great tribute to an unflinching hero.
Prominent amongst the speakers honouring Bradlaugh was Barbara Smoker who was President of the National Secular Society for 25 years.
Thank you to all who attended and travelled so far to remember Charles Bradlaugh on his birthday.
Messages of appreciation for him were received from as far a field as California:
Yesterday, I've read about Charles Bradlaugh. It was the first time I've ever heard of him. Today, I checked the Wikipedia entry, and I am in total awe of the man, his principles, and his intrepidity. I plan to learn a lot more about him as soon as possible, but I'm delighted to have "discovered" Mr. Bradlaugh just 3 days before his birthday. I wish I could speak at the commemoration, but I live and work in Los Angeles, California. Could I get more info on the Society, please? Thank you so much, and Happy 183 birthday, Mr. Bradlaugh! [Dan]
Could there be a better indication of Bradlaugh’s global impact.
We look forward to meeting you all again next year.
Only a few days, 16 in fact, before the next commemoration on 29 September 2013 at Abington Square, Northampton.
Please come along and support this event.
Sunday Lecture – Rebels, Infidels and Troublemakers
Bishopsgate Library is home to the library and archives of numerous radicals and troublemakers, including infidel Charles Bradlaugh, blasphemer George Jacob Holyoake and a wealth of other collections documenting people and organisations who dared to challenge the status quo.
Sun 26 May 2013, 11.00
If you able to publicize this year’s commemoration by downloading this poster and displaying at your place of work, local pub, library, place of worship, lodge, or indeed anywhere else suitable then please do so.
Cutting along the lines between the six tags at the bottom of the poster will allow interested people to tear off one of the tags and keep as a reminder.
The eleventh commemoration was held on Sunday 30 September 2012 with Peter, Chris, and Tony steering proceedings. We were fortunate to have Ray Newton speak on behalf of the National Secular Society which was founded in 1866 under the leadership of Charles Bradlaugh.
During 2016 the NSS will be celebrating 150 years since its founding and has invited the CBS to join the party.
Bishopsgate Institute and the Humanist Library & Archives at Conway Hall have secured a £41,250 grant to make previously closed archives available for the first time. With key thinkers including Bertrand Russell, A J Ayer and Charles Bradlaugh, organisations proposing non-religious approaches to ethics and morality have played a vital part in British cultural and social life, helping our understanding of social issues such as euthanasia, adoption, and penal reform.