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About the Freethought History Research Group

Freethought has a long and rich history in Britain dating back to the 18th century. Sadly, not only is this history not known to the general public, it is not known to many freethinkers. In 2003 the Freethought History Research Group was formed to encourage interest and research into this much neglected field. We now have members in seven countries.

The group’s main activity has been republication of historical freethought tracts, many of which have been out of print for over a century. Among the authors we have published are Dan Chatterton, F A Ridley, G W Foote, Ernestine Rose and Ella Twynam. We also publish some contemporary material and the Journal of Freethought History which appears twice a year. Recently we have published a poetry anthology and future plans include a collection of essays on the theme “A 21st Century Case for Atheism”.

A major feature of our Annual General Meeting, usually held in October or November, is a lecture on an aspect of freethought history. Subjects have included Robert Forder, the history of South Place Ethical Society, T A Jackson, Republicanism, and Political Islam. From time to time we hold other meetings and seminars.

Where practical and possible we will render aid to researchers and students. We will provide speakers for meetings of other groups and write for their publications. We will co-operate on a local, national and international level with such groups to advance our common aims.

Membership of FHRG costs £10.00 (£5.00 unwaged) per annum. For this members receive at least two pamphlets, two issues of the journal, a regular newsletter and a discount on previous publications. Members are encouraged to contribute articles and reviews to the journal.

To contact the group, write to:
15 Brampton House
Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RA

Or e-mail the secretary using this link


About Francis

Francis King - researcher in Russian and Soviet history, translator and interpreter. Treasurer of the Socialist History Society, editor of Socialist History journal.

4 responses to “About the Freethought History Research Group

  1. normanbacrac ⋅

    I would like to contribute an essay to the ‘Case for atheism in the 21st century’.

  2. There is a list of FHRG Publications at

  3. I enjoyed the talk by Liz Lutgendorff about F. J. Gould, and meeting FHRG members at the AGM on Saturday. However there doesn’t seem to be any mention of it, or of future meetings, on this blog. Surely that should be one of the main purposes of the blog? On the Hastings Humanists blog I have a column on the right that shows the programme. I see the ‘bravehost’ site has now closed down.

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