Architecture and Place


A collection of digitised items from the Humanist Library and Archives telling the story of buildings and spaces occupied by the Conway Hall Ethical Society (formerly the South Place Ethical Society). Also includes several born digital items.


Humanist Library and Archives




Conway Hall Ethical Society


Conway Hall (London, England)
South Place Chapel, Finsbury
Mansford, Frederick Herbert (1871-1946)



Collection Items

Library fireplace postcard
Fireplace in memory of John Aldred (1863-1925), Treasurer of the Society.

South Place Chapel postcard
Facade with four columns and main entrance of the South Place Chapel at Finsbury Park.

Photo of the interior of South Place Chapel
Interior view of South Place Chapel, showing the raised stage, the curved section of the left and right balconies - with seating, and the seating fronting the stage and to the left and right. The wall behind the stage has three panels (rounded tops)…

Photo of the interior of South Place Chapel
Interior view showing the back of South Place Chapel, with the organ, clock, paintings and sculpture.

Photo of formal dinner and concert at South Place Chapel
A formal dinner and music concert taking place in the hall of South Place Chapel. In the background is the stage with a grand piano and attached to the curtains at the back of the stage is the portrait of John Saunders.

A short history of South Place Ethical Society and an urgent appeal
Pamphlet for a new building funding appeal.

Syllabus of a course of nine lectures on architecture
A syllabus of architectural lectures given by G. A. T. Middleton, A.R.I.B.A., M.S.A., secretary of the Society of Architects, at South Place Institute

Two lecture series entitled why buildings are interesting
A two lecture series on architecture called "Why buildings are interesting" given by F. Herbert Mansford at the South Place Ethical Society in 1897.

Souvenirs of South Place Ethical Society
South Place Ethical Society Souvenirs presented to SG Green, Secretary of South Place Ethical Society. Volume commemorates 100 years since the opening of the Chapel at South Place, (1824-1924), and 150 years of South Place Ethical Society,…

Frederick Herbert Mansford; citizen and architect of London: selection from his papers
The Ecclesiological Society Transactions, vol. 1 (new series), part 5.
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