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Ep 24: The history of the NSS - Interview with Bob Forder

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

In this week's episode, Emma Park speaks to Bob Forder, a member of the NSS Council and former history teacher, about the origins of secularism in Britain. Bob explains how the secularist movement was, from its early years, bound up with the story of the National Secular Society. From its origins in local working-class associations, secularism has always been a socially progressive if not radical movement that has challenged the established hierarchy.

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4. G.J. Holyoake (The origins of secularism & the National Secular Society)

Wed, 29 Apr 2020

In this video, Bob introduces George Jacob Holyoake, who coined the term 'secularism'.

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1. Introduction: The origins of secularism & the National Secular Society

Wed, 22 Apr 2020

NSS council member and historian Bob Forder has produced a series of lectures to support, educate and entertain all those interested in secularism and the history of the NSS. By telling the stories of Thomas Paine, Annie Besant, Charles Bradlaugh and the other important figures who contributed to the development of secular thought in the UK, Bob gives a fascinating and personal view of the origins of secularism and the National Secular Society.

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Ep 23: The NSS at the UN - interview with Josephine Macintosh

Thu, 16 Apr 2020

In this week's episode, Emma Park speaks to Josephine Macintosh, a solicitor and vice president of the National Secular Society, about her work representing the NSS at the United Nations.

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The 1944 Education Act and its legacy - Keith Sharpe, Secular Education Forum

Wed, 19 Feb 2020

Three quarters of a century on the seminal 1944 Education Act continues to influence the structure of education in England and Wales. On 10 February 2020 the NSS Secular Education Forum chair Keith Sharpe gave a talk on the history of the Act, its impact and its legacy for the role of religion in state schools today.

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Ep 22: Bishops in the Lords - Dick Taverne interview

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Emma Park travels to Westminster to interview Dick about why it's time to abolish the bishops' bench and reform the House of Lords, why constitutional reforms can take such a long time, and why the UK is still not a secular country.

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Ep 21: Integrated Education Fund

Sun, 12 Jan 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Maddy Bridgman and Sam Fitzsimmons, two representatives of the Integrated Education Fund. This is a charity that supports inclusive, integrated education (not segregated into de facto Protestant and Catholic schools) in Northern Ireland.

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Ep 20: Lee and Lizanne Harris – compulsory worship

Mon, 16 Dec 2019

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Lee and Lizanne Harris about their experience of the collective worship requirement in schools.

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