Please find below some additional details that might help you in making your way to the conference venue and making the most of your weekend. Here you can download the final revised conference programme. We hope you enjoy the conference.
Getting to St Fagan’s National Museum of History
Please visit the Museum’s website for full details and a map. Note that the buses do not run early or late enough for the conference and we therefore recommend arriving either by car or taxi. Car and taxi-sharing is recommended. Some delegates are using the Porcupine Facebook page to link up with others. For anyone who is stuck, email us at email@example.com and we may be able to put you in touch with other delegates who have car space.
Parking: £5 per day pay and display (coins only, no cards or notes). Disabled parking is available free of charge for badge holders.
Make your way through the main entrance of the Museum, turn right and go up the stairs, the lecture theatre will be in front of you and the studio space for registration, posters, stands and refreshments are down the corridor to the left of the theatre. A lift is also available by the stairs if required.
Registration: Doors will be open for delegates only from 8.30am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. Follow signs to the studio space. In an effort to reduce waste we ask that delegates print out and bring their own copies of the programme and abstract book. These are available to download now from the conference pages on the website:
Refreshments: will be available at registration and during breaks in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is provided each day (special dietary requirements must have been notified at the time of registration and before March 18th to be accounted for).
The Museum also has its own restaurant located in the main building on the ground floor, to the left of the main Atrium.
Water bottles: delegates are welcome and encouraged to bring their own water bottles with them to refill as required during the day. There is a drinking fountain located at the back of the restaurant and the tap water in the studio is also suitable for drinking.
Raffle: the customary raffle will be taking place with tickets on sale at all breaks and an array of fantastic prizes on offer. Don’t forget to get your tickets to be in with a chance of winning!
Visiting the Museum galleries and grounds
At St Fagans you’re invited to explore the story of Wales, to shape it and share it with others. In the galleries you can do this in different ways – through play, sharing online or by making things yourself by hand. The galleries have been created with the help of numerous individuals, organizations and communities across Wales and, following extensive re-development, were opened in October 2018. They can be accessed across the balcony from the lecture theatre and hopefully you may find time to visit them during lunch breaks.
For anyone who may have more time either before or after the conference, we highly recommend taking the time to explore the Museum grounds more fully. Since 1948 over 40 original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen’s Institute. Entry to the Museum is free.
From 7pm to be seated for dinner at 7.30pm. There is a large bar area where drinks can be bought beforehand. The Cosy Club is centrally located in Cardiff City Centre in part of the pedestrianised shopping area, walkable distance for anyone staying centrally.
If required, parking can be found close by in the St David’s shopping centre car park (24 hour access): https://stdavidscardiff.com/car-park
The conference dinner fee includes starters, main course and service charge. Desserts and side orders must be paid for separately on the night. We ask that all drinks are paid for at the time of ordering. The bar is right next to the dining area.
Tours of the Marine collections at National Museum Cardiff
There are still spaces available on the collections tours taking place at National Museum Cardiff (https://museum.wales/cardiff/visit/location/) on Friday 22nd March at 3.30pm. Please contact Anna.Holmes@museumwales.ac.uk to book a space.