- British Naturism
British Naturism Abbreviation BN Legal status Non-profit organisation Purpose/focus Naturism in the UK Location 30-32 Wycliffe Road, Northampton Region served UK Membership UK naturists President Angela Russell Main organ Executive Council Affiliations International Naturist Federation Website British Naturism
British Naturism traces its origins to 1891 when a short lived society called the 'Fellowship for the naked trust' was formed in British India. This trust had ideals and principles very similar to many later organisations.
English Gymnosophist Society
Harold Booth published articles pertaining to naturism in many magazines at the turn of the century, and in 1922 the English Gymnosophist Society was formed as a direct result of his work. It had a site in Wickford, Essex, which it used during the summer, and in winter it held meetings in London. By 1926 the EGS was called the New Gymnosophy Society and had a site at Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire which has subsequently been used by many different clubs.
Concurrent to this, naturism was also practised at the Welsh Harp in Hendon, apparently from as early as 1921. From this sprang the National Sun and Air Association which ran national advertisement campaigns, as well as running a gymnasium in Westbourne Grove, London. By 1937, membership of this society was running at over 2000.
N F Barford had also formed his Sun Bathing Society which promoted sun and air bathing for families, during the same period.
British Sun Bathing Association
In 1943 the British Sun Bathing Association was formed and became recognised as a national federation of clubs, which by 1951 had 51 member clubs or groups. However by 1953, personal and ideological differences led to the formation of the rival Federation of British Sun Clubs.
British Naturism (Formerly CCBN)
Both these organisations existed until the merger in 1964 created the 'Central Council for British Naturism' (CCBN). By 2006 CCBN was usually referred to as 'British Naturism' but has officially dropped the 'Central Council for' in favour of the less formal 'British Naturism' since the 2009 AGM, and had a membership of about 13,000.
Notable milestones in the development of naturism in the United Kingdom included:
- 1957 - Naturist films shown in cinemas.
- 1958 - International Naturist Federation congress in Britain.
- 1965 - The hire of public baths for naturist swimming began.
- 1970 - International Naturist Federation congress in Britain.
- 1978 - International Naturist Federation congress in Britain, and the setting aside of officially designated naturist beaches.
- 2003 - Parliament repeals all offences that explicitly make nudity an offence.
- 2007 - Parliament repeals the enabling power for councils to make bylaws regulating standards of clothing to be worn for bathing. 
- ^ "PRESS RELEASE - NATURISTS TO CHALLENGE PROPOSED BEACH CHANGE". British Naturism. 2009-01-20. http://www.british-naturism.org.uk/news/detail.asp?article_ID=69. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
- ^ The Equality Bill: Submission by British Naturism
- ^ Sexual Offences Act 2003. London: OPSI. 2003-11-20. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2003/ukpga_20030042_en_1.
- ^ Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. London: OPSI. 2007-10-30. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2007/pdf/ukpga_20070028_en.pdf.
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