Venue:   Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN 0161 907 7414

Hotel website

Conference Organiser: John Vint, email

Manchester, often referred to as the ‘First Industrial City’, epitomised many of the economic, social and political changes which took place throughout the nineteenth century. Political economy was developed to analyse and explain these events and it was political economy which provided the background subject matter for Harriet Martineau’s early tales. There are many places of historical interest to visit in Manchester and information will be provided at the conference.

One direct link between Harriet Martineau and Manchester was the writer Elizabeth Gaskell, and Elizabeth Gaskell’s beautifully restored house will be a focal point for a conference trail which will also include the Pankhurst Centre. The second trail is yet to be finalised but will include at least one Unitarian place of worship.

The venue of the conference, Chancellors Hotel, is a Grade 2 listed building, built circa 1859 for Sir Joseph Whitworth by Edward Walters who also built the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. The house was later owned by C P Scott the famous editor of the Guardian newspaper. It was then bought as the house of the Vice-Chancellors of the University of Manchester. It is in a peaceful setting in lovely grounds – rolling lawns – away from roads and traffic etc; but it is also close to busy Fallowfield with shops, restaurants and good transport connections with Manchester City Centre. The house itself has a distinguished history. Whitworth used it mainly as a social, political and business base, entertaining radicals of the age such as John Bright, Richard Cobden, William Forster and T. H. Huxley around the time of the Reform Bill of 1867.

The hotel offers a residential conference package which includes the conference facilities together with bed, breakfast, lunch and three course dinner plus unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. The cost to be paid to the Society is £420 single and £660 double (£330 per head).

A day attendance rate is also available for the conference: £69 for a full day – made up of £45 per day for lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits plus £24 for the three course dinner.

Local Hotels:

If you want to use a nearby hotel for bed and breakfast  accommodation, the following are recommended.

The Hallmark Hotel isabout a 10 minutes walk away from Chancellors Hotel.

Luther King House is a good and reasonable place to stay for bed and breakfast.  By footpath, it is probably the closest to the conference site. It has a lounge and bar as well as a good library which guests may use. It is the home of nonconformist ministry training in Manchester, and the accommodation is used by students who spend two or three days a week in college. The rooms have been updated to provide suitable accommodation for other visitors, with en suite facilities  and television.


This should be sent to the Society’s Secretary Dr Sharon Connor

Delegate Details






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



Please complete this Registration Form and send it to arrive by Friday 29thMarch 2019:

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

by email to:

You may if you prefer simply send an email message containing the information requested on the Registration Form.

Please notify the Society of any dietary requirements or allergies. And, please remember your need for cancellation insurance.

Conference payment – to be paid by Friday 29thMarch 2019.

The fee for the full Conference is £420 for a single person,  £660 for a couple

The non-resident Conference Day Rate is £69

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

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

The hotel has guaranteed to hold a number of rooms until 29thMarch 2019 but after that date , it will release any that have not been taken up.  So please book by that date at the latest.

Getting to the Chancellors Hotel:The best way to arrive initially is by taxi. The hotel is about 3.5 miles from Manchester Piccadilly station.



Tuesday 23rd July
Registration from 15.00
Committee meeting
Guest/special lecture
Dinner 19.30

Wednesday 24th July
O9.30 – 12.45 Sessions (including coffee break 11.00 – 11.15)
13.00 – 14.00  Lunch
14.00  Visit/trail  Elizabeth Gaskell’s House;  The Pankhurst Centre
19.30  Dinner
After dinner activity

Thursday 25th July
09.30 – 12.45 Sessions (including coffee break 11.00 – 11.15)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00  Visit/trail  tba
19.30 Conference Dinner
After dinner activity

Friday 26th July
09.30  – 12.45 Sessions (including coffee break 11.00 – 11.15)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 Depart


Bursaries of up to £250 are available for those meeting the following criteria

– should be a research student;

– present a paper on their research at the conference;

– should 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 to be sent, from a supervisor or departmental administrator if unavailable, indicating reasons for his or her support 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: