The 2014 Martineau Society Conference 

    will be held between

  •  21st and 24th July

  at the

  •  Alicia Hotel, 3 Aigburth Drive, Liverpool L17 3AA.

Please contact our Secretary, Jane Bancroft for further


 You will find the conference details and registration form here



A Message from Stuart Hobday:


  • Dear Society Members,

    Thanks to those that came to the first HM Lecture in May 2013. It was a memorable event and Ali Smith was gushing in her discovery of Harriet. There is a recording of the event and a report here:

    Its about an hour long and Ali Smith talks very quickly so there's quite a lot. The references to myself are frankly embarassing but Gaby got a good mention as well. It wasn't the intention that Harriet would be the subject of the lecture but Ali Smith started looking at it and like all of us got hooked. Hope you like it.



        The speaker for 2014 will be Kate Mosse












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The Martineau Society

Registered Charity No: 1064092

This is the official website of the Martineau Society with the main aim of collecting, preserving, studying and publishing material relating to the Martineau family of Norwich in the 19th century. In particular, the Society aims to highlight the principles of freedom of conscience advocated by Harriet Martineau and her brother, Dr. James Martineau.

The proposal for the inauguration of the Society came from Norwich Unitarians with support from Manchester College, Oxford. The following is an extract from the initial circular sent to prospective supporters (Sept. 1993):

Far from being wholly or primarily Unitarian or theological in composition or outlook, the Society should embrace other subjects in which the Martineau family were skilled: linguistics, medicine, art, engineering and industry; and Harriet’s and James’ connections in academic, political and economic circles; as well as their more prominent personal friends (and adversaries).

The decision was taken in 1994 to formalise the terms of reference and constitute The Martineau Society. Membership of the Society has since spread to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Annual Meetings include paper presentations and the AGM. The Society also organises Martineau Trails to sites and memorabilia associated with the Martineaus. There is a twice yearly Newsletter which includes résumés of the papers and other relevant material. A variety of books and articles relating to the Martineau heritage have been published by members, a list of which is available by clicking member publications 

Information may be obtained from the Secretary, Jane Bancroft at or from the Martineau Society Leaflet.








Officers (click here for former officers)


Prof. Ruth Watts


Professor John Vint


Hon Secretary:

Jane Bancroft

Tel: +44 (0) 1484-318163



Hon Treasurer/ Membership Secretary:
Prof Gaby Weiner

27 East Street,

Lewes, East Sussex,

Tel: +44 (0) 1273-472328



Newsletter Editor:
Bruce Chilton

22 Marston Lane

Norwich NR4 6LZ

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 506 014




House where Harriet Martineau was born,
Gurney Ct, Magdalen Street, Norwich


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