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BACS 32nd annual conference
St Aidan's College, University of Durham
11–13 April 2007

Joining Instructions

St Aidan's is situated on Windmill Hill, about 15 minutes' walk from the City Centre, or 30 minutes' walk from the Station.
On arrival, it is probably quickest and easiest to take a taxi from the Railway Station to the College (about £3). The taxi rank is off Platform 2. Alternatively, during the day, a regular bus service (number 6) operates from the City Centre to the colleges.

Accommodation at St Aidan's is mainly in single study bedrooms, in either single en-suite rooms, or standard rooms with shared facilities. En-suite rooms have hospitality trays with tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as clock radios and hairdriers, while in standard rooms tea and coffee can be made in the shared kitchens. All rooms are within easy walking distance of the conference sessions.

Free car parking is available in College.

Residential delegates should go first to Reception at the College's main entrance, to collect their room keys. Day delegates should go straight to the Conference Desk in the foyer.

Once you have collected your room keys and have settled in, register at the Conference Desk in the foyer and collect your badge and conference folder. The first session is at 14.00 on Wednesday. Delegates must check out by 10:00 on the day of departure. Guests should retain their room keys for the duration of the conference and return them to Reception on checking out. Safe storage of luggage will be provided on the final morning – guests leaving earlier should check with the Conference Desk for safe storage.

The conference desk will be open for registration and enquiries as follows:

Wednesday 11 April 11.30 – 18.30
Thursday 12 April 08.30 – 17.30
Friday 13 April 08.30 – 15.30

Messages can be collected at the conference desk, where Jodie and Slink will also be happy to help with other enquiries.

Messages for delegates can be left with conference staff on the following phone number: + 44 (0) 7697 374554 or +44 (0) 7966 395594. They will be passed to delegates at the earliest opportunity, but those awaiting messages are urged to check with the conference desk at regular intervals. For emergencies, the number for College Reception is +44 (0) 191 3345769.

Maps of St Aidan's and the University can be downloaded from the University website.

St Aidan's College has WiFi – please ask at the Conference Desk (not Reception) for a password so that you can log in. Please note that printing and photocopying facilities are not offered during the conference.

Conference delegates will be pleased to see Rex Williams in charge of the book exhibition organised by the Association for the Export of Canadian Books in the JCR2. Orders for books from the display may be left with Rex. A number of other publishers will be represented at the Conference, in the Main Walkway.

Meals will take place in Dining Room. Please note that the Conference Dinner must be booked in advance. On Friday 21 April lunch will follow a reception and will be served outside JCR1.

The programme may be found on the BACS web site at www.canadian-studies.net, along with registration forms. There is some general information for paper-givers in Conference FAQs.

Delegates are warmly invited to attend the receptions during the conference. On Wednesday there will be a reception following Plenary 1 and on Thursday the reception which precedes the Conference Dinner is hosted by the Canadian High Commission. The Québec Government Office will host a lunchtime reception on the final day.

Trains from London run frequently from King's Cross Station. The standard return fare is approximately £95 but cheaper fares may be available if booked in advance. Online booking is available from the train operator GNER. Not all trains stop at Durham, however, and on some journeys you may have to make a change.

Both GNER and Virgin Trains run regularly from Edinburgh, with the journey taking about an hour and a half, along a spectacular coastal route.

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