This year’s conference will take place 18th-21st July 

Venue: Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough
Address: Esplanade, Scarborough, YO11 2AG, UK

Telephone:   01723 357400


Dates: Sunday 18th July 2021-Wednesday 21st July 2021

Conference Organiser: Professor Valerie Sanders (


The Crown Spa Hotel was Scarborough’s first hotel, built in 1845 on the esplanade overlooking South Bay. Today it is a comfortable 4 star hotel offering the Society a residential conference package that includes the usual conference facilities together with bed, breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner plus unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. 

The fee for the full Conference is £393 or £435 for a single person and £618 for a couple. The higher single person rate of £435 gives the choice of either a room with a sea view or sole occupancy of a double room.

There will be a non-resident Conference Day Rate, yet to be determined, with the option of dinner at £26, to be paid on the day(s) attended.

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



Sunday July 18th

15.00   Arrival and registration                                                                            

15.00-16.00 Martineau Society Committee Meeting

17.15   Welcome: John Vint, Chair of the Society

17.30 -18.30 Professor Bruce Collins:  Plenary Lecture: Victorian Scarborough

Dinner 19.30


Monday 19 July


9.30am-10.15am Gaby Weiner and David Hamilton: Harriet Martineau Online: Elisabeth Sanders Arbuckle’s Unique Legacy.

10.15-11.00am John Vint: Adam Smith’s Daughters: Harriet and her Sisters.

11.00-11.30am Coffee break

11.30am-12.15 Sue Brown: Fanny Wedgwood: Staying Friends with both Harriet Martineau and Mrs Gaskell

12.15pm-13.00 Bob Stillwell: Harriet Martineau and the Utopian Tradition.

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch

Anne Brontë Trail:

The Cliff Bridge (formerly Spa Bridge) (1827)

Plaque on the Grand Hotel: site of Wood’s Lodgings, where Anne died

Gravestone in St Mary’s churchyard

Stunning view of North Bay: John Atkinson Grimshaw: Castle by the Sea

19.30  Dinner

After dinner session: Quiz

Tuesday 20 July

09.30-10.15 Stuart Hobday: The Environmentalism of Harriet Martineau

10.15-11.00 Josie McQuail: ‘Too Famous to be Lynched?’ Harriet Martineau and Boston

11.00-11.10  Bob Gamble: Book Update.

11.15 Annual General Meeting

12.30- 13.30 ‘Early’ Lunch

13.30  Coach to Whitby

Whitby Abbey

Literary Whitby:  eg:

Dracula Trail; Bram Stoker stayed at 6, Royal Crescent (1890)

Lewis Carroll (visits 1854-71) and the White Rabbit Trail

Elizabeth Gaskell (1859 visit) and Sylvia’s Lovers (1863) where Monkshaven is based on Whitby

Wilkie Collins (Royal Hotel 1861)

Museums  eg. Whitby Museum (Victorian exhibits); Captain James Cook Memorial Museum

Shopping;  Beach; Harbour

Coach back at 18.00

19.30 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 21 July


9.30am-10.15  Valerie Sanders: Harriet Martineau and 1830s Masculinity: Illustrations of Industry.

11.00- 12.15 St Martin’s Church, Scarborough, to see Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 Depart


Can you meet these criteria below and do you wish to claim a bursary?

 The Martineau Society sponsors students to attend the annual

 Bursaries are usually £250.  Those wishing to apply should fulfil the criteria below.

 The applicant:

– 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:

If you have any further queries, please contact the conference organiser Professor Valerie Sanders ( or MS administrator Dr Gaby Weiner (