The Charles Bradlaugh collection is located in Northamptonshire Central Library.
Bradlaugh was MP for Northampton 1886 to 1891 and is noted as a leading advocate of free-thought and for his atheism, which resulted in a famous dispute with Parliament that lasted from 1880 until 1886.

Included in the collection are printed works by and about Bradlaugh; portraits, illustrations and details of his statue; election posters, including the 1874 by-election at which there were riots; newscuttings and political cartoons. The collection also contains some correspondence to and from Bradlaugh and a medal struck to commemorate his election victory in 1880. The manuscript collection is available on microfilm. Originals can only be viewed on application to the Northamptonshire Central Library Manager.

Charles Bradlaugh was born in Hoxton, London, on 26 September 1833, the son of a Solicitors Clerk. He left home in 1849 and enlisted in the army in 1850 and was discharged in 1853. He married Alice Hooper in 1855. In 1858 Bradlaugh began touring towns and cities and was noted for his powerful oratory combining his ideas on free-thought in religion, and republicanism in politics. By 1859 he was the editor of the National Reformer. He first stood for parliament in Northampton in 1868 and again in 1874, but failed to secure the seat. During this time he also became acquainted with fellow radical and free-thinker, Annie Bessant. On 3 May 1880 he was returned to Parliament by Northampton, but as an atheist was unable to take the oath and therefore prevented from taking his seat. Despite this rejection, the town of Northampton continued to re-elect Bradlaugh, six times in all, but Parliament continued to eject him from the house until he was finally allowed to take his seat in 1886. Bradlaugh sat as MP for Northampton until his death in 1891.

In addition to the items listed on this site, you can search the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information online catalogue for books by and about Bradlaugh.