Industrial Action Affecting Travel to Reading

Please note that industrial strike action may affect rail services into Reading operated by the First Great Western rail company. This operates services between London Paddington and Reading and between Oxford and Reading and between Reading and the West Country and South Wales. The action is due to take place between Thursday and Saturday of this week. Further information can be found here.

If you are planning to travel to Reading from London by train during the strike you can use an alternative route from Waterloo to Reading operated by a different company – South West Trains.  Alternatively, National Express operate a regular coach service between Victoria coach station and Reading. Please also note that the CrossCountry rail company, which operates services to Reading from the Midlands and the North of the UK (via Oxford) and from the South coast is unaffected by the strike. Delegates travelling from Oxford who had planned to use First Great Western may use their tickets on CrossCountry trains. Please click here for further information.

Finally, please also note that travel within London will be affected by a 24 hour tube strike due to commence at 18:30 on Wednesday evening. If you are currently based in London this may affect your plans for travelling to London rail stations for onward travel to Reading (although note that your journey should not be affected if you are travelling to London during the day on Wednesday). Buses and the London Overground Rail service will still be running or you can take a black cab during the strike itself. For further information please see Transport for London.

On-campus accommodation taken

If you are attending the conference but have not yet booked accommodation please note that there is no more on-campus accommodation available as part of the conference allocation. It is possible that rooms may be available which are not part of the conference allocation but they would not be available at the conference rate. Please see link on the accommodation section of the main conference page.

Otherwise, the only remaining option is to book a hotel, details of which can also be found via the main conference page.

How to find the accommodation links

To book your accommodation click on the “British Legal History Conference” tab at the top of the home page (the page you are looking at now), scroll down to the accommodation section of the conference information and click on the relevant live link (“here”).

On some mobile devices we have noticed that the BLHC tab does not appear on the home page but you should see a ‘menu’ tab. Click on this and then select the BLHC tab.

The Twenty-Second British Legal History Conference: 8th – 11th July 2015

Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights




In celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the theme of the British Legal History Conference 2015 at the University of Reading is ‘Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights’.

While different forms and ideas of authority have shaped law historically, law has also been moulded by, and influenced, challenges to authority brought to assert and seek recognition of rights. Magna Carta resulted from one such challenge, but challenges to social, economic, political and doctrinal authorities existed before Magna Carta and have continued to occur since. The British Legal History Conference 2015 is concerned to explore how law, both public and private, has in different epochs been shaped by, and shaped, challenges to authority brought to seek the recognition of rights. It includes papers which examine how law, legal processes and legal actors have developed in response to such challenges to authority, and indeed how an understanding of the law has itself often influenced these challenges.

For conference information including travel and accommodation please see the British Legal History Conference page. Delegates will be alerted to updates on conference information via this blog.