For a post from Glen Huntley who has written about the Martineau home in Toxteth Park, please click here
Martineau Society Annual Meeting 2017
24th – 27th July 2016
The Mercure Royal Hotel, Hull.
Monday 24th July
From 14.00 Arrival and Registration
17.00 – 18.00 Committee Meeting
18.30 Dinner and Lecture. Dr Nick Evans, University of Hull. ‘Female Agency and the fight against the Slave Trade – the case of Hull.’
Tuesday 25th July
9.30 – 10.15 Iain Crawford: Transatlantic Exchanges: Harriet Martineau and The Southern Rose
10.15 – 11.00 John Warren: Harriet Martineau reasonably close to Hull: the medium and the message of her children’s story The Settlers at Home (1841)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.15 Stuart Hobday: Charlotte Brontë and Harriet Martineau
12.15 –1.00pm John Vint: Demerara: Harriet Martineau and the Political Economy of Slavery
1400 Afternoon Trail – Hull’s Old Town and Museum Quarter
18.30 Dinner and Quiz
Wednesday 26th July
9.30 – 10.15 Carol Chilton: The Early Education of Harriet Martineau and Florence Nightingale
10.15 – 11.00 Keiko Funaki: Harriet Martineau’s feminist economics in Female Industry.
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 Martineau Society AGM – for Agenda click here
14.00 Afternoon Trail – train to Beverley to see the Minster, and Wednesday Market
18.30 Dinner and Auction
Thursday 27th July
10.00 – 10.45 Elisabeth Sanders Arbuckle: Harriet Martineau and her Nephews
10.45 – 11.30 Sue Brown: Julia Wedgwood and Harriet Martineau; a study in disillusionment.
12.00 Conference close and buffet lunch.
The Harriet Martineau Lecture is held in Norwich annually, celebrating the legacy of this remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work.
This year’s Harriet Martineau Lecture will be given two of Mexico’s finest journalists, Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández, who will describe their international campaign to lay bare the shocking corruption and violence of the government. Their work has resulted in the persecution of their families, attacks on their homes and a persistent threat to their lives; in fact, almost one hundred Mexican journalists have been murdered for trying to speak the same truth to power.
Cacho and Hernández’s determination to change the world’s view of Mexico and heal the country’s many sorrows draws strong parallels with Harriet Martineau, who wrote openly against discrimination, slavery and corruption in Britain and the US.
Click here for details
This is a Cadbury Research Library event for International Women’s Day. Our very own Stuart Hobday will look at the personal side of Martineau’s life and her influence on other Victorian luminaries such as Charles Darwin and George Eliot, drawing on his new book ‘Encounters with Harriet Martineau’ (Unbound, 2016)
Please click here for information about the seminar .
The script of Shelagh Stephenson’s play Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing can now be purchased online for £9.89. For details please click here
This year we shall be going to Hull, a place which doesn’t have any direct Martineau connections, but which does have a fascinating eighteenth and nineteenth-century history, and important links with the history of slavery through one of its most famous sons, William Wilberforce. As you know, abolition of slavery was a major interest of Harriet Martineau. You may also have noticed that Hull is the UK City of Culture for 2017; so it’s an ideal year for you to see the city at its liveliest.
The conference will, as usual, be a mixture of papers, trails and social events. It will also be a good opportunity to learn about other people who visited the area or lived here for a while. These include Lewis Carroll (who may have been inspired by the ‘Messenger Rabbit’ figure in St Mary’s Church), Charles Dickens (who gave readings in the main theatre), Queen Victoria (who stayed in our conference hotel in 1854 and whose statue is in Victoria Square), Mary Wollstonecraft who grew up in Beverley, and sensation novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon who performed on stage in both Hull and Beverley.
For further details and a registration form for the 2017 conference click here
Click here for a new paper on a visit by Harriet Martineau to Chance’s Glassworks in Smethwick in 1852, by Tom Gidlow, currently a postgraduate student inPublic Humanities at the University of Sheffield