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Sunday Lecture - Rebels, Infidels and Troublemakers

Archvist, Stefan Dickers, covers the life, times and contents of Bishopsgate Library

What was the ‘battle of the books’ and why did the Institute lock away one archive item from the public fearing it may cause revolution?
Bishopsgate Library is home to the library and archives of numerous radicals and troublemakers, including infidel Charles Bradlaugh, blasphemer George Jacob Holyoake and a wealth of other collections documenting people and organisations who dared to challenge the status quo.
Join Library and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers to explore the stories that lie behind many of the collections on the shelves at Bishopsgate Library and explore the themes of London, labour, co-operation, freethought and protest. Stefan qualified as an archivist in 2001 and started at Bishopsgate in 2005. Previous to this, Stefan worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library. He is also secretary of the Archives and Resources Committee of the Society for the Study of Labour History and the oral history consortium Britain at Work, 1945-1995. Stefan is also co-founder of the Network of Radical Libraries and Archives (NORLA), Chair of the Socialist History Society and Co-Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.


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Date and Time:

26 May 2013 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
020 7242 8032

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