Annual Conference 2018 – London

Venue: Dr Williams’s Library (click here for pic) , 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AR

Dates: Tuesday July 24th – Friday July 27th, 2018

Background to conference venue

The Library was established by the will of Dr Daniel Williams, the leading London nonconformist minister of his day, who died in January 1716. He left instructions that his collection be housed as a public library which would be made available to nonconformist ministers, tutors and students in the City of London.

The collections were enlarged over the years with many gifts of books, manuscripts and portraits, so that Williams’s original benefaction of about 7600 books forms only a small part of the modern library which extends far beyond puritanism, to cover church history and Unitarianism.

The present library building was designed by Thomas Leverton Donaldson, Professor of Architecture at University College, London and built in 1848-49 to mark the passing of the Dissenters’ Chapels Act in 1844. The premises were shared by Manchester New College from 1853. When the College (now Harris Manchester College) moved to Oxford in 1889, the building was acquired by Dr Williams’s Trust. Dr David Wykes, the present Director, is a longstanding Martineau Society member.

Artefacts relating to James Martineau will be displayed during the conference, which will be referred to in Dr Wykes’ opening lecture.

As always, the conference, which will take place in the Lecture Room (click here for pic), will be a mixture of lectures, papers, trails and social events.

 Conference Registration

The following conference registration form  should be sent to the Society’s Secretary, Sharon Connor (details below).  This year, participants will be expected to book their own hotel accommodation; so, to help with this, local hotels are listed below.

The cost of the full Conference, to be paid to the Society, will be £70 per person, which covers lunches, refreshments and the conference fee (plus an extra £30 for conference dinner). To confirm, this does NOT include hotel accommodation. Please see the final page for details of bursaries available.

For conference programme, click here:

Further enquiries:


Registration Form

Martineau Society Annual Conference 2018 – July 24th – 27th London

Venue: Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AR

 Nature of attendance, circle as appropriate:

This year the conference charge is lower than usual because it does not  include evening meals or conference dinner.  We shall make a group booking at a local restaurant on Tuesday  evening, but participants will be expected to pay for their own meal.  On Wednesday participants will need to make their own arrangements. The conference dinner (and auction) on Thursday night will take place at Dr Williams’s Library (the conference venue). If you wish to attend you need to indicate below and include the cost of the conference dinner with your registration fee.

  • complete conference (£70 per person).  Please note that this does not include evening meals or conference dinner
  • daily rate (£30) – give details
  • conference dinner (£30)
  • other – please give details

Total cost

 Participant details





 Title of Paper or Presentation (max 45 mins including Q&A) you wish to give:


 Any other relevant information including special dietary requirements and/or access needs.

 Please complete Registration Form and send it to arrive at the latest by Friday 20th April 2018:


  • by post to: Dr Sharon Connor 13 Lancaster Road, Formby, Merseyside L37 6AS


Please pay either by cheque made out to the Martineau Society (posted with your Registration Form to the Secretary please, details above) or directly to the Martineau Society bank account, ensuring you give your name as reference:

Bank sort code: 60-15-54       Account number 14082748


To book your stay at a local hotel

There are many hotels near to the conference venue. These include the following:

Tavistock Hotel –

The Bloomsbury –

Travelodge –

Premier Inn –

Renaissance at St Pancras –

Penn Club, 21 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, about 15 minutes’ walk from Dr. Williams’s Library –


FOR conference programme, click here



The Martineau Society sponsors students to attend the annual conference which will be held in Dr Williams’s Library, 24 – 27 July 2018. Bursaries are usually £250. Those wishing to apply should fulfil the criteria below.

If you meet the following criteria, you may wish to claim a bursary

The applicant should:

– be a research student;

– present a paper on their research at the conference;

– be a member of the Society (annual student membership of £10 will be waived for one year should you present a paper to the Conference).

– arrange for a letter/email of support, from a supervisor or departmental administrator if unavailable, indicating reasons for the applicant’s attendance at the conference.

Help with conference expenses is also available in exceptional circumstances to current Society members who wish to give a paper or presentation. Please send an explanatory letter/email.


by post to: 27 East Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LJ UK

or by email to:

For more details of the Conference and the application instructions, go to The Martineau Society website,