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Portsmouth has one of the greatest maritime heritages anywhere in the world, and is the only island city in the United Kingdom. The Historic Dockyard is home to the world-famous ships Mary Rose, HMS Victory, and HMS Warrior 1860, modern day naval battleships, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and a ‘Hear My Story’ exhibition telling the untold stories of the men and women who helped make the Royal Navy what it has become since the First World War.

Portsmouth also has a strong literary heritage, laying claim to, among others, Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, who practiced medicine in the City and was the first goalkeeper of the precursor to Portsmouth FC, wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes stories while in Portsmouth). They are celebrated in the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and the ‘Study in Sherlock’ exhibition at the Portsmouth Museum respectively.



The conference will take place in the northwest section of the University of Portsmouth campus, where Portsmouth Law School is located. Most academic sessions will be located in the Portland, Richmond, and Dennis Sciama buildings. All of these buildings are in very close proximity to each other and provide 


Portland Building

The Portland Building will serve as the central hub of activity throughout the conference. It will host the registration desk, publishers' stands, and some of the many panel sessions. Refreshments and lunch stations will also be located in the modern atrium space.

Richmond Building

The Richmond Building will be home to the poster presentations and selected panel sessions. Additionally, the large lecture theatre on the ground floor will be the venue for both plenary sessions. 

Dennis Sciama

Dennis Sciama will host a large proportion of the panel sessions. The building's spacious cafe area will serve as a central location for lunches,.

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Drinks Reception

The drinks reception will take place on Tuesday 26th March 2024 at 18:00. It will be hosted in the bright, breezy, and modern setting of the 3rd Space at the Student Union.  Details to follow... 

Gala Dinner

Portsmouth Guildhall, a majestic building at the heart of Portsmouth, will host the gala dinner on Wednesday 27th March. The building is most famous today as the city’s premier entertainment and events venue, but it has a long and rich history. It was originally completed in 1890 and designed in the neo-classical style by architect, William Hill, who was inspired to improve upon an almost-identical model that he had designed as Bolton Town Hall in 1873. After the Second World War, the building was rebuilt and re-opened on 8th June 1959.




Southern Trains run a service from London Victoria to Portsmouth that leaves approximately every hour and takes just over 2 hours to reach the main station for Portsmouth city centre (Portsmouth and Southsea). This service also covers the journey from Gatwick Airport to Portsmouth which takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

South Western Railway run a service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth that leaves every 15 minutes during peak times and takes just over 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Portsmouth city centre.

South Western Railway run a service from Southampton Airport Parkway to Portsmouth which leaves approximately every 20 minutes and takes approximately 1 hour to get to Portsmouth city centre.

There are also direct services from Bristol (2hrs), South Wales (3hrs 15mins) and more locally from Bournemouth and Brighton.

Portsmouth and Southsea Station (the main station for Portsmouth) and Portsmouth Harbour Station are both within 10 minutes' walking distance of the Portland Building where the Conference will be located.

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