The British Legal History Conference 2015



Please consult this page for vital conference information including travel and accommodation. Delegates will be alerted to updates on this page via the Conference blog.


Conference Venue

All of the conference sessions will take place on the University of Reading’s Whiteknights Campus.  The session for early career and postgraduate researchers on the 8th July will be held in the Cedars Conference Centre.  The main proceedings of the conference will be held in the Business School.


Conference Fee and registration

CONFERENCE FULL: please note that the conference is now fully booked and registration is closed.


Outline Conference Programme

The key events which set out the framework of the programme are set out below. Please see the detailed conference programme (below) for the full programme including the timings and composition of panels.

  • PGR/ECR Session: 9:30 – 13:00 on 8th July at Cedars Conference Centre
  • Early Registration: 12:00 – 13:00 on 8th July at the School of Law, Foxhill House
  • Runnymede Tea Cruise and Talk by Professor Sir John Baker: afternoon of 8th July – board coaches to Runnymede at 13:00 and arrive back at the School of Law at 16:45
  • Main Registration: 17:00 – 19:00 on 8th July at the School of Law, Foxhill House
  • Welcome BBQ: from 19:00 on 8th July in the Meadow Suite
  • Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner: from 19:00 on the 10th July at the Old Town Hall in Reading


Detailed Conference Programme Including Panel Sessions

Please click on the following link to download a document containing the full conference programme including the panel sessions:-

Full conference programme and panel sessions.


Travel to the Whiteknights Campus

The Whiteknights Campus is located two miles from Reading Railway Station, Britain’s largest interchange station outside of London, providing good transport links to all parts of the UK.  There is a regular and accessible bus service between the campus and the station.  You can find information on train and bus travel to the campus at the following link:

Delegates coming from overseas can travel to Reading from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports using direct public transport links.  For information on airport links see:

For those not wishing to use public transport there is a plentiful supply of taxis in Reading.  There is a taxi rank at Reading Station, or minicabs can be booked by calling Yell Cars on 0118 9666 555 or 0118 9660 660.

Delegates are strongly advised not to travel to the campus by car as graduation ceremonies are being held on campus in the week of the conference and parking, which is by permit only, is extremely limited.



Please note that no more on-campus rooms are available as part of the allocation for the conference. If you approach the university accommodation office directly via the following link they may have rooms available but they would not be part of the conference allocation and would not be available at the conference rate.




Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation, which is not included in the registration fee for the conference.

The conference organisers have reserved en-suite rooms in the University’s new halls of residence for the duration of the conference.  All of these rooms are located on the Whiteknights Campus.  They can be booked and paid for by clicking here.  Rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis and booking will close three weeks before the conference commences.

In addition to rooms in the halls of residence, which are suitable for single occupancy, the conference organisers have reserved a very limited number of double rooms in the University’s Cedars Hotel for delegates traveling with their partner. More information about these rooms, and to book, please click here.

If you look at the University website you will find that there is an option to book halls accommodation for less than the conference rate using the Stay at Reading Service.  You are welcome to do this but you should be aware that, unlike the conference accommodation, these rooms are not serviced, and that no bed linen, towels or breakfast is included.

Delegates who do not wish to stay in University accommodation may find the following list of hotels useful:




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