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Swinburne to Spiritualism: a humanist history of the Isle of Wight Free

Tuesday 12 7.00pmSeptember


Riverside Centre

Riverside Centre
PO30 2QR

01983 539377

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Swinburne to Spiritualism: a humanist history of the Isle of Wight Free

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Did you know that the freethinking poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne, specifically asked that his 1909 funeral at Bonchurch be free from religious ceremony?

Or that the first woman to study archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University, humanist Jacquetta Hawkes, lived for years at Brook with her husband J.B. Priestley?

Have you ever heard of Dr. Ivor Lloyd Tuckett, who became well-known for debunking the claims of spiritualists and mediums, and who spent his last years at Cowes?

Join us to discover the stories of these and a host of other humanists, who lived, loved, created, and campaigned on the Isle of Wight, and to reflect on their legacies today.

This talk draws on research carried out as part of the Humanist Heritage Project, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Project focuses on the history and influence of the non-religious in the UK.

The speaker
Madeleine Goodall is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK, and their Wikimedian in Residence.

She has worked since 2019 to uncover and share the rich history of humanism.