BRIERLEY, Anthony (Tony) (b [1935])

Scope and Content

Papers of Tony Brierley [b 1935], including: papers regarding Tony Brierley's activities with the Oxford University Humanist Group, 1958-1966; papers regarding Tony Brierley's involement with the Birmingham Humanist Group, 1965-1972; miscellaneous papers relating to Tony Brierley's involvement in humanism and humanist groups, 1904-2000; and photographs of members of Oxford University Humanist Group and the Rationalist Press Association, 1963-1999. (1904-2000)

Administrative / Biographical History

Tony Brierley founded the Oxford University Humanist Group in 1958. Often with more than 1,000 members, the OUHG held meetings with eminent speakers, organised weekly discussion meetings, publicised Humanism and opposed Christian missions to the University. It had its own small printing press and produced its own posters and termly cards as well as taking in business for other clubs. The OUHG folded in the early 1970s.


The Brierley Archive is divided into the following four sections:

  • BRIERLEY/1:Oxford University Humanist Group
  • BRIERLEY/2: Birmingham Humanist Group
  • BRIERLEY/3:Miscellaneous Papers
  • BRIERLEY/4: Photographs

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited at Bishopsgate Institute by Tony Brierley in June 2008.

Other Finding Aids

Adlib catalogue and copy of handlist available in researcher's area.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Grace Biggins.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying and digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.