We were due to hold the annual conference in Scarborough in July, but given Covid and the continuing uncertainties around the safety of travel and of staying in hotels in the UK (which are not due to reopen until 4 July),  after much discussion it has been decided to postpone the conference until the equivalent dates next year (18-21 July 2021).  The Crown Spa has kindly agreed to this postponement, and we are therefore in a good state of preparedness for next year.

So the  details of the next Martineau Society conference remain the same, but delayed for a year as follows:

Sunday July 18th to Wednesday July 22nd 2021

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

Telephone:   01723 357400

Website:   http://www.crownspahotel.com

Conference Organiser: Prof. Valerie Sanders (V.R.Sanders@hull.ac.uk)

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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.

Below are cost and registration details plus an outline programme and details of available bursaries.

Conference costs (to be paid to the Society direct):

Single : £393 or £435

Double: £618  (£309 per head).

Day attendance rates also available.

Please click here to download Registration form to be sent to the Society’s Secretary Dr Sharon Connor either by post or digitally – please find the details below.


Registration Form – Delegate Details





Hotel room booking required:



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






Postal registration:

Please complete and send it to arrive by Monday 31st March 2021:

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

Digital Registration:

Please complete and include in email to arrive by Monday 31st March 2021  to: sharonconnor@live.co.uk.

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

Cut-off date of conference payment –  Monday 31st March 2021

As already noted, the cost of the full Conference is:

£393 or £435 for a single person

£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.

A non-resident Conference Day Rate is 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 19th July
Arrival from 15.00

Committee meeting
Guest/special lecture
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner

Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July
O9.00 – 12.30 Paper presentations (including coffee break 11.00 – 11.15)
12.30 – 13.30  Buffet Lunch
14.00  Visits/trails
19.00 – 20.30  Dinner
After dinner activity

Wednesday 22nd July
09.00  – 12.30 Paper presentations (including coffee break 11.00 – 11.15)

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch
Departure from 14.00


Do you wish to claim a bursary? If so, can you meet the criteria below?

The Martineau Society sponsors students to attend the annual

Bursaries are usually £250.  The criteria are outlined as follows:

The applicant:

– should be a research student;

– present a paper on his/her 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 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: gaby.weiner@btinternet.com