Monday 22–Friday 26 June 2015
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Wednesday 24 June
Accompanying Persons walking tour
Crush Hall, Senate House • 14.00
This walking tour, led by Jon Siah (UCL Library Services), will take you on a journey round Bloomsbury where you can take in many historic sites whilst following a unique trail steeped in local history… Bob Marley lived at no. 34 Ridgemount Gardens in 1972. Exiting right from his front door takes you to Chenies Street, and to a secret bunker, where future President Eisenhower escaped to from a dinner party in May 1944. Turn left and walk back up towards Gordon Square following Virginia Woolf’s walk home, and then east, to where you may find Wendy Darling’s window on a ‘rather depressed street’ in Bloomsbury… Then head north in search of other spirits who’ve frequented this pocket of London.
Royal College of Physicians • 19.00
The Conference Dinner will be held at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on Wednesday 24 June 2015. The RCP is located in central London overlooking Regent’s Park in a Grade 1 listed building designed by architect Sir Denys Lasdun. The building is considered a modernist masterpiece and one of London’s most important post-war buildings.
There will be an opportunity to visit the RCP’s Dorchester Library, a specialist library containing a unique collection of medical books, manuscripts and artefacts. There will be, specifically for our event, a small exhibition on display on Samuel Pepys and apothecaries.
The Conference Dinner will comprise three courses and include a pre-drinks reception.
Thursday 25 June
The British Library • 18.30
The Conference Reception will be held at the British Library’s (BL) flagship building at St Pancras, the largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century. The BL is the national library of the UK and, as such, is entitled to receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. Its collections include over 150 million items, with 3 million being added annually. The collections span manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, music scores, patents and sound recordings from the 19th century to date. Exhibition galleries are open to the public.
Saturday 27 June
One of England’s finest royal palaces, Hampton Court Palace celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2015. Begun by Henry VIII’s chief minister Cardinal Wolsey before he fell from favour, the building of the palace was taken over by Henry and turned into one of the King’s most important residences. It was subsequently enlarged by the monarchs William and Mary in the 17th century and is now one of the largest of the historic royal palaces open to the public. A captivating mixture of Tudor and Baroque styles, surrounded by 26 hectares of formal gardens, it sits in an idyllic setting by the River Thames, 12 miles from central London, and is the ideal destination for the conference excursion on Saturday (27 June).
You will be taken by coach from central London to Hampton Court where a professional guide will conduct a Palace highlights tour. A two course lunch follows at a nearby restaurant overlooking the Thames, then a 90 minute cruise down one of the most picturesque parts of the river to Richmond, where you transfer to coaches for the return journey to central London. The event is a relaxed opportunity to discover one of England’s most historic attractions and to explore a greener part of the capital.