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Conference 2014

Britain and the World 2014 – Draft Programme 2-1

19-21 June

Newcastle University

Purchase the Dinner Party Here!

Even if you’re not presenting at the Conference you may attend our Annual Dinner Party at Alnwick Castle – Harry Potter’s Castle!  The cost of the Dinner Party is £50 per person and includes coach transportation from Newcastle City Centre!


Newcastle University

Newcastle University

The 2014 Britain and the World Conference will take place from 19 through 21 June at Newcastle University.

A Virtual Tour of the Conference Facilities is Available Here:

Click here to view our interactive Newcastle Conference Map.

Conference Registration is Now Open!

Please visit to register.

Registration Rates are as follows:

Faculty Member: £55

Student Member: £45

Faculty Non-Member: £115

Student Non-Member: £105
If you are not yet a Member of the Society but would like to join before Registering for the Conference please visit and purchase your Membership today!

Martin Luther King (BBC 1, The One Show)

Includes short feature about the honorary degree presented to Martin Luther King by Newcastle University in 1967, trailing the full documentary next Sunday (please note that the link below opens the BBC iPlayer, which only works in Britain).

Social Aspects of the Conference

Thursday, 19 June –

Conference Icebreaker:  Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – this will occur on the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which will be lit in The British Scholar Society’s primary colour of red.


The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts


Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge


Friday, 20 June –

The Conference Dinner Party:  Alnwick Castle – private coaches will whisk participants away to the medieval fortress of Alnwick Castle.  Built following the Norman Conquest the Castle is the home of the Duke of Northumberland.  It is also known as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.  We will dine in the Great Hall of the Castle.  A treat fit for a Duke!

Alnwick pic 1Alnwick Castle new pic


The City

Newcastle is the northernmost city in England, has an international airport, and is on the East Coast Main Line, three hours from London and 90 minutes from Edinburgh.The city includes the Castle (1080), Great North Museum (1884), Theatre Royal (1837), Laing Art Gallery (1904), and, of course, St James’ Park (1892).  The Northumberland Coast is about thirty minutes’ metro ride away, and includes Tynemouth Castle and Priory (c.1000), and the Collingwood Memorial (1854).

The Conference

The conference will be held at Newcastle University, in the Armstrong Building (1888, built by William Armstrong) , on the University quadrangle.  All sessions will be in seminar rooms and lecture theatres at the School of History.  Tea and coffee, and lunch will be served in the Common Room.  The keynote will be in the Kings Hall, where Martin Luther King received an honorary degree in 1967 and where the university stages major events and graduations.

Special Collections in the University Library may be of interest.  Holdings includes the papers of Gertrude Bell, and those of the Grey, Trevelyan, and Runciman families, all of whom originated locally.


We’ve set up a webpage to facilitate the booking of accommodation.  You can of course make your own arrangements, but we’ve arranged deals with the following establishments for 19-21 June 2014 which vary in price, although all are within a few minutes’ walk of each other.

County Hotel

This is the conference hotel, where the keynotes and most delegates will be staying, and where we have secured a large number of rooms at a special rate.  The County is literally across the road from Central Station (1850), which means that whether you arrive by rail, or by air (the metro directly links Newcastle International Airport with Central Station in about 25 minutes) it is the most convenient hotel for arrivals and departures.  The University is a twenty minute walk, or five minute, two-stop, metro journey away.

This map shows the best route from the Thistle (B) to the Conference (A). It takes in St Nicolas’s Cathedral (1100-1500),  Hadrian’s Wall (128 AD), Grainger Town (1824-41),  Grey Street (1830s and often called Britain’s finest), and Grey’s Monument (1838).

Holiday Inn Express

Is a ten minute walk from Central Station, and 15 minutes from the University.  You should be warned that it’s prone to stag/buck/bachelor and hen/hens/bachelorette parties, but affordable.

Sleeperz Newcastle

A very modern hotel, five minutes’ walk from Central Station, but slightly further from the University.

Euro Hostel

An affordable hostel in the city centre.

Albatross Backpackers

Just round the corner from the County.  Offers the most affordable accommodation.

Social activities

As listed above, the 19 June Icebreaker will be held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (1950; 2002), on the south side of the Tyne, about fifteen minutes’ walk from the County.

This map shows the best route. It takes inthe Quayside, the Swing Bridge (1876), the Tyne Bridge (1928), Millennium Bridge (2001), and Sage Gateshead (2004).

The 20 June Conference dinner will be at Alnwick – Harry Potter – Castle (1096), and buses will leave from and return to St Mary’s Cathedral (1844), round the corner from the County.

The 21 June wrap party will be at – or at least begin in – the Town Wall pub, which is in Berwick House (1280), former home of Thomas Bewick, opposite St Mary’s Cathedral.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the conference or about Newcastle itself, please contact martindotfarratncldotacdotuk  (martindotfarratncldotacdotuk)  .