Well-being and well-doing: a history of humanism in the UK

Sunday 20th June 2021 via Zoom

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Talk followed by Q&A with Madeleine Goodall of Humanist Heritage

Join Humanist Heritage Coordinator Madeleine Goodall for a whistle-stop tour of the rich history of humanism in the UK. This talk draws on research carried out as part of the Humanist Heritage project, celebrating 125 years of Humanists UK.

Humanists UK was formed in 1896 as the Union of Ethical Societies, bringing together groups who focused on ‘well-being and well-doing’, without reference to supernatural reward or punishment: the forerunners of today’s humanist groups.

Take part in our meeting to find out more about the ethical societies, and the wider history of freethought, secularism, and scepticism in the UK.

Madeleine is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK, researching and writing about the history of humanism to celebrate the organisation’s 125th birthday. She has a background in education, museums, and community history, and is also Humanists UK’s Wikimedian in Residence.

Please email  info@farnham.humanist.org.uk for more information and the Zoom link

One of Madeleine’s personal favourite humanist heritage figures is Julia Huxley who founded a school in Surrey (Prior’s Field) on humanist principles.

Julia Huxley is pictured here with her son Aldous in 1898.

Friday 30th April 2021 marks 125 years of Humanists UK, and to celebrate, they’ve launched a new in-depth resource called Humanist Heritage.

Madeleine has been very involved with creating this new resource.