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Conway Hall is named after an American, Moncure Conway, who led the Society from 1864–1885 and 1892–1897, during which time it moved further away from Unitarianism. Conway spent the break in his tenure in the United States, writing a biography of Thomas Paine. The main auditorium would hold 300 plus 180 in A Gallery. Wooden panelling and acoustic plaster was used to give the hall excellent acoustic qualities. This made it very suitable for the performance of music and there have been regular recordings and concerts there. The ceiling of the auditorium was glazed and this made it very light and airy for the time. It opened in 1929 and has continued in use since. The South Place Ethical Society at Conway Hall, is thought to be the oldest surviving freethought organisation in the World, and is the only remaining Ethical society in the United Kingdom. It did not achieve its present name until the late 19th century and it now advocates secular humanism and is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
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