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Leicester Secular Society


Sources of information relating to the History of Leicester Secular Society are widely distributed.
The purpose of this page is to draw together the various sources known to us, so far.

This representation of the secular hall is from a framed ink drawing, undated and by an unknown artist, that now hangs in the ground-floor meeting hall.

The following underlined entries are available, complete or in part, on this website and can be accessed by clicking on them.

Gould 1900: A History of Leicester Secular Society, by F. J. Gould, 1900.

Gould 1923: The Life-Story of a Humanist, by F. J. Gould (published by Watts & Co, London 1923). Extracts are available here; the book is in the LSS Library.

Hawtin 1972: A Century of Progress: The Story of the Leicester Secular Society, by Gillian Hawtin, 1972.

The Five Busts: Photographs of the five busts on the front of the hall; from the CD-Rom A Walk Round Leicester produced by Max Wade-Matthews.

Trust papers: Reproductions of some documents relating to the Leicester Rationalist Trust.

Biographies: This page contains short biographies of various people with connections to the Secular Hall. The information coming mainly from books in the Library or from the Internet. It is hoped to expand this further.

There are some records of the Society which were deposited at the Leicester Record Office, Wigston, in 1968.

The following items can also be viewed on five microfilm rolls kept by the Society, made in 1981.

A historical introduction by Edward Royle, University of York, 1981, with the title: Religion, Radicalism and Freethought in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

F. J. Gould: History of Leicester Secular Society, 1900.

G. J. Holyoake: Address on the death of Josiah Gimson 1883.

Minute Books of Leicester Secular Society 1852-1855, 1877-1885, 1885-1902, 1902-1943.

LSS Nomination Book 1885-1901.

Visitor's Book 1924-1943.

Registration of Subscriptions 1915-1917.

Scrapbook: LSS Documents 1842-1908.

Scrapbook: Thomas Ensor 1908-1910.

Newspaper Cuttings 1899-1909 (five volumes).

Records of Secular Hall Company 1873-1905 (five lists of shareholders and three cash books).

Also available at the Records Office, but not on the microfilm are:

Sydney A. Gimson, Random Recollections of the Leicester Secular Society. Part I 1932. Part II 1935.

Photograph Album 1890-1977.

There are other records in the British Library and at Bishopsgate. Details to be included in due course.

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