Heritage Open Day: Stuart Hobday – Encounters with Harriet Martineau
An evening talk in Dragon Hall by Stuart Hobday, biographer of pioneering journalist and radical thinker, Harriet Martineau.
Stuart Hobday, author of Encounters With Harriet Martineau, will give an evening talk on this extraordinary woman, who was a citizen of Norwich. Harriet Martineau became famous in the 1830s for writing about political and economic issues in a popular way. Her ideas were well ahead of their time. An avowed atheist, advocate of women’s rights, racial equality, scientific progress, economic fairness, cooperatives, she became the world’s first woman journalist and is regarded as a founder of sociology. Martineau lived an eventful life and overcame great hardship particularly in being deaf. She started writing economic ideas as fictional parables in 1832 and they were an immediate hit in Britain, Europe and America. She toured America in 1834 – 36 and overtly called for an end to slavery. It is now recognised that she had an influence on a generation of writers and reformers that came after her including Darwin, Dickens, George Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Florence Nightingale and Josephine Butler as well as important interactions with Thomas Malthus, Auguste Comte and Thomas Carlyle among others.
Dragon Hall is a medieval building and as such, you should expect some uneven floors and a few dark corners. We have no on-site parking but are close to car parks at Rouen Road and Rose Lane.
Talk lasts one hour Contact for the day: Sarah Bower, General Manager 01603 877177