Preview: The 37th Guild Conference and AGM
`’One-Name Studies – Home and Away’
1-3 April 2016 in Birmingham
The 37th Guild Conference will take place from late afternoon Friday 1 April to late afternoon Sunday 3 April 2016, with the AGM on Saturday the 2nd at 09:00. The venue will be the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1PP
The hotel has been chosen because it:
• Provides easy access — It is within one mile of Birmingham International Train Station and Airport and is situated off the M42 and close to the M6, Ml, and M5 motorways
• Has 790 rooms, including standard, deluxe, and executive bedrooms and suites
• Has 33 meeting rooms, accommodating up to 2,000 delegates
• Has a shuttle service to and from the train station
• Is providing free Wifi and free parking for Guild delegates
We have secured a good rate at this four-star luxury hotel. Delegates will be able to relax in the hotel’s heated swimming pool, tone up in the LivingWell fitness centre, or treat themselves to a relaxing massage at The Ocean Rooms Spa.
Our date and venue had already been arranged when Who Do You Think You Are? Live announced that their 2016 show would be at The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from 7-9 April. These venues are on the same site. In fact, the Hilton car park is nearer to the NEC than the NEC’s own parking! This seemed too good an opportunity to miss and we are negotiating with the venue to allow for those who wish to extend their stay to cover both events to do so.
We have also decided to plan visits to places of interest for the three days between the conference and Who Do You Think You Are? Live, giving you a third reason to join us.
We already have a provisional booking for The Black Country Museum www. bclm.co.uk. We hope that this combination of events will make the journey to Birmingham really worthwhile and will tempt members who live outside the UK to attend.
At the time of writing, I am only one month into my role as co-ordinator of the conference organising team, but plans for the programme are already underway. We hope to provide sessions with a broad appeal and an international flavour.
For further details, keep an eye on the Members’ Room on the website. Booking forms will be available in the October 2015 edition of JoONS.
by Chris Braund, 2016 Conference Organiser