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May 2014 Newsletter


I. Reminder to Register for Annual Britain and the World Conference

The 2014 Britain and the World Conference is drawing closer, and thus we would like to remind conference participants to register for this exciting event by using the following link:

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

Please visit the following link to preview the more than one hundred panels and presentations that will be featured at this year’s Britain and the World Conference:

II. Online Registration for the Dinner Party at Alnwick Castle Available

We are very excited to be able to offer our conference participants the opportunity to enjoy dinner and conversation in the Great Hall of Alnwick Castle, well-known as the set of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. An additional, but very reasonable, fee of £50 per person is required to enjoy this unique event. To facilitate participants’ registration for the dinner party, we are using an online system that allows you to register for the dinner as part of your overall conference registration (which, as listed above, can found at the following link:

Once you have navigated to this site, click on “Book Event” and follow the instructions to create a new user account (if you do not already have one). The dinner party fee can be chosen as an additional option to add to your conference registration fee.

III. Reminder: Accommodation Information for the Annual Conference

The Society would like to remind participants in this year’s conference that we have set up a webpage to facilitate the booking of accommodations.  You can make your own arrangements, but we have 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

Holiday Inn Express

Sleeperz Newcastle

Euro Hostel

Albatross Backpackers

The conference website offers more detailed information on the nature of these lodgings, including their level of affordability and proximity to Newcastle University.

IV. Addition to Britain and the World Book Series by Society Editor

John Griffiths (Massey University), who serves as Book Reviews Editor for Britain and the World: Historical Journal of the British Scholar Society, has published a book in the British Scholar Society’s book series from Palgrave Macmillan. Griffith’s monograph, Imperial Culture in Antipodean Cities, 1880-1939, provides a much-needed investigation of urban history of the Britain’s Antipodean colonies. Visit the following link to read a more detailed description of Dr Griffiths’ important work, as well as learn about options for purchase:

V. Book of the Month

Doug Munro, J. C. Beaglehole: Public Intellectual, Critical Conscience

Reviewed by James Watson

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