Location, Accommodation and Access


The conference will take place in the Conference Room and Seminar Room, at the Museum of English Rural Life, on the University of Reading’s London Road Campus on 26th March 2018.

Full details regarding access, and directions, are available on MERL’s website.


Parking is limited, so please do consider the many public transport options through Reading buses. There is a 3 minute walk from the nearest bus stops on routes from the train station and town centre.

If attendees are interested in sharing taxis from the railway station or accommodation locations, the organisers will be glad to facilitate contact between individuals in advance, once registration is open.

Dedicated parking spaces are available for disabled visitors, and there is a step-free entrance, with automatic door and wheelchair lifts for all stairs. The fully-accessible toilets are on a different floor to the conference space, however. The conference room has a projector and sound system, and we will ask all speakers to use the microphone. The building is Victorian, and while it has been modernised in many respects, some corridors are still narrow and not all doors are automated.


The university hotel The Cedars provides bed and breakfast accommodation. However, please note all rooms have stair access of one or two flights, and thus cannot accommodate wheelchair users. This accommodation is based on the main Whiteknights Campus, and is thus a 6 minute bus ride (21, 21A), 1 mile from the venue.

There are local hotels in the immediate vicinity of the venue:

The Hillingdon Prince Hotel – Modernised Victorian building, some accessible rooms. avg. room price £55, .6 mile from venue.

Premier Inn Reading – Modern building with accessible rooms. Avg. room price £45, .7 mile from venue.

The Great Expectations Pub – All rooms accessed by stairs. Avg price £60, .6 mile from venue (on 21, 21a bus route).

Town Centre hotels include:

Ibis Styles Reading – Modern building, accessible rooms. Price from £55, .7 mile from venue.

Mercure George Reading – Very old building, not all rooms accessible. Price from £50 -£70, .8 mile from venue.

Royal County Hotel – All rooms accessed by stairs. Avg. price £70, .7 mile (on 21, 21a bus routes).