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PRINCIPAL CONFERENCE VENUES

This document lists the principle Conference Venues – their addresses, functions and features (including accessibility to those of limited mobility).

In order to locate the Venues on a map, and to read a little more of the history of some of them, please follow the link to the Map of Lawrence’s London on this page:

https://dhlawrencesociety.com/map-of-lawrences-london/

At the left hand side of the map, tick only the box called ‘3-8 July 2017: London Calling’ (and ‘untick’ the box called ‘DH Lawrence in London: 1908-1926’) – in order to display only the Conference Venues.

Graduate Fellows will lead Conference Attenders between venues at the appropriate times. This document, and the map mentioned above, will assist those who wish to arrive independently.

NEW COLLEGE OF THE HUMANITIES

19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH

https://www.nchlondon.ac.uk

Function:

  • The Conference’s main base
  • The venue for the parallel strand sessions
  • The venue for refreshments: morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and lunch. These will be served in the Senior Common Room. Attenders are welcome to take their refreshments thence to consume in the various teaching rooms on the second and third floors of the building
  • Has access to the Bedford Square key garden, which may also be used to consume refreshments, rest, or walk, between sessions

 Features:

  • A beautiful Grade 1 listed Georgian building on Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1783
  • Three minutes’ walk to the British Museum
  • Three minutes’ walk to Senate House (another Conference venue [see below] –the administrative building of the University of London, containing also a fine arts and humanities research library)
  • Ten minutes’ walk to Covent Garden and the West End
  • Fifteen minutes’ walk to the British Library
  • Access to the Bedford Square key-garden, the oval garden in the centre of the square for the use of residents
  • Access to NCH is by key card, which attenders will possess
  • Audiovisual facilities in every presentation room
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Wi-Fi access throughout
  • Established in 2012 by the philosopher A.C. Grayling, NCH uses one-to-one tutorial teaching and teaches only arts and humanities subjects
  • NCH is not part of the University of London, but it has close ties with many parts of the University, including Senate House
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Limited. Unfortunately, being a listed building, the College is restricted in the changes which it may make in order to make this building accessible. It has a basement and four further floors, linked by stairs; there are no lifts. There are a few steps before the front door. Every effort will be made to accommodate those of limited mobility, including by bringing refreshments to them wherever is convenient to them, and arranging assistance with negotiating the steps.

NCH, the left half of the white building,

across Bedford Square key garden, to which conference attenders would be given access.

Lady Ottoline Morrell’s house, where Lawrence met E.M. Forster and Duncan Grant in 1915,

is at 44 Bedford Square, immediately opposite across the Square

– i.e. close to and behind the viewpoint of this photograph

 

SENATE HOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON: WOBURN SUITE

 Malet St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 3HU

http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk

Functions:

  • The conference’s plenary sessions will take place in the Woburn Suite of Senate House. The Woburn Suite is at the South End of the building, which is the side closest to the main Conference Venue, NCH.

Features:

  • The administrative hub of the University of London, also housing the best specifically humanities library in the UK
  • Three minutes’ walk from New College of the Humanities
  • Audiovisual facilities
  • Toilets close to the Woburn Suite
  • Small café close to the Woburn Suite
  • ACCESSIBILITY: good. There are a couple of steps at the entrance to Senate House, but the Woburn Suite is on the ground floor (and lifts give access to all other parts of the building)

Senate House, University of London

MILLENNIUM GLOUCESTER HOTEL

4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH, UK

Functions:

  • The Conference Dinner, on Thursday 6th July, including the DHLSNA Awards Ceremony, and a musical entertainment

Features:

  • In Kensington, a part of London familiar to Lawrence
  • Close to 9 Selwood Terrace, where Lawrence lived at Gordon Campbell’s in July 1913, and from June to August 1914; Lawrence and Frieda got married at Kensington Registry Office from here on July 13th
  • The musical entertainment will take place in the dining room
  • ACCESSIBILITY: good. There are lifts throughout the building.

 

Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington

  

RADA STUDIOS     

16 Chenies Street, 16 Chenies St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7EY

Functions:

  • The Drama Evening, Monday 3rd July

Features:

  • A fully equipped drama studio
  • ACCESSIBILITY: TBC

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Chenies Street, Bloomsbury

 

  1. GEORGE’S CHURCH, BLOOMSBURY

Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA, UK

Functions:

  • Musical Evening, Tuesday 4th July

Features:

  • Neo-classical Church built 1716-31
  • ACCESSIBILITY: good. The nave is on the ground floor 

St George’s Church, Bloomsbury

 

CATHERINE BROWN’S HOUSE

51 Brondesbury Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 6BP

Functions:

  • Wine reception, Wednesday 5th All Conference attenders are warmly invited. Graduate Fellows will assist those attending the walking tour on Hampstead Heath that afternoon, to travel from Hampstead Heath to this venue (which is not far away)

Features:

  • A chance to chat and relax!
  • House built in 1883, like thousands of others in London. Kilburn was then an ancient village being incorporated into an expanding London. Today Kilburn counts as inner-suburbia
  • ACCESSIBILITY: moderate. There are no steps up to the front door, and the ground floor is accessible. There are a few steps from there into the garden. There is a flight of steps to the first floor, which will also be used for the reception. Assistance will be given to those who would like help with negotiating these

51 Brondesbury Road, Kilburn, London. Typical late-Victorian suburbia.

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