London Colloquium Information

Mark, Kyle and I are looking forward to welcoming you to the third and final meeting of the AHRC-funded Community Libraries Network, taking place 22-24 January 2015 in London. Here is a long email containing crucial logistical information that should address most questions you may have concerning venues, accommodation, travel, and food. Please read the following notes carefully and let either Mark ( or Nick ( know if you have any further queries or problems.


There is no registration fee for this AHRC-funded network colloquium; however space is limited, so if you plan to attend any of the sessions and you have not already done so, it is vital that you register with Mark via email as soon as possible.


On Thursday and Friday we will be at Dr Williams’s Library in Gordon Square, Bloomsbury ( The final plenary session on Friday at 5.30pm will be held at Senate House as part of the regular Seminar on the History of Libraries hosted by the Institute of English Studies; Senate House is a short walk from Dr Williams’s Library, and we will talk over together following the conclusion of the penultimate session on that day.On Saturday we will be in the Lock-keeper’s Cottage on the Queen Mary (QMUL) Mile End Campus (


In London, there is very little parking, the city is very congested, and you have to pay to drive in the centre (where Dr Williams’s Library is located). Therefore traveling by London Underground and/or bus is strongly recommended.

To plan journeys within London, use the Transport For London (TLF) service:

And for travel to London (eg from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports):

Those arriving to Heathrow can travel by Underground (the Tube) on the Piccadilly line or by regular train to Paddington Station (£35 return). It is possible to hire a cab (c.£30 one way) or pick up a London taxi (more expensive). See the Heathrow Airport website for details:

Gordon Square is located in Bloomsbury, less than ten minutes’ walk from Euston, Euston Square, Kings Cross St Pancras and Tottenham Court Road. It is also possible to walk from Holborn and Russell Square without difficulty.

Queen Mary is in Mile End. To get there, take the Hammersmith and City Line to Mile End (station is served by the Central Line, District Line, and Hammersmith and City Line). To reach the college, exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the left. Enter East Gate, and the Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the brightly-coloured second building on the right. France House (for residences) is beyond the Lock-Keeper’s Cottage, also overlooking the Regent’s Canal.

It is easy to travel between Dr Williams’s Library and the Queen Mary campus via the Central Line or the Hammersmith and City Line, and between Dr Williams’s Library and the Travelodge accommodation in Bethnal Green on the Central Line. It takes around 15-20 minutes to walk from the Travelodge to Queen Mary, or it is one stop on the Central Line.


A buffet sandwich lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Dinner on Thursdayevening is on your own, but for those who would like to experience a typical and famous East End curryhouse, we will go to Zaza’s on Whitechapel Road on a self-pay basis, meeting at 8pm. It is within walking distance of both Queen Mary and the Travelodge. We will finalize the booking on Thursday afternoon, so please let Tessa know if you’d like to join us by 2pm on Thursday. There will be conference dinner for all speakers on the Friday night paid for by the project grant. Further details will follow, but the dinner will take place in the vicinity of Senate House. If you do not plan to join us for dinner on Friday, please do let us know.

If you have any dietary requirements, please let Nick know as soon as possible, and at the latest by Friday 9th January, on


Those who have requested accommodation from the grant have been sent booking details by email from one of the accommodation venues, with information on check in times etc. The project will have paid for your accommodation on Thursday and Friday night; if you require additional nights, these will need to be booked on a self-funded basis with the accommodations directly. On the Saturday morning, Tessa will meet those staying in the Travelodge at 9am to walk from Bethnal Green to the Queen Mary Campus. If you have agreed accommodation with Mark but have not received confirmation of the booking by email – or if you have any other questions about accommodation – please let Mark know.

For those not funded by the grant, the Travelodge at Bethnal Green ( and St Catharine’s at Limehouse ( are both well located close to Queen Mary.


This AHRC-funded research network is intended primarily to facilitate discussion and interdisciplinary exchange. To further these aims, we ask that speakers prepare papers of around 15-20 minutes in length that aim to stimulate discussion by scoping out research problems or presenting preliminary findings; those speaking on Roundtable sessions will be given advice about paper lengths etc. separately. AV facilities will be available, and Powerpoint slides can be sent to Nick ahead of the conference by email

If you have not yet provided a biographical note, or would like to correct or update your information on the website (, please send this to Nick


As you may already know, one important and collaborative aspect of the Network is our group Zotero account, which we aim to use to compile a comprehensive and eventually open access list of scholarship on library history and print culture in the Atlantic world. For further details, including information on how to take part, please see the relevant part of our website or contact Kyle on


If we have agreed to provide funds to support your travel expenses, you will need to fill out and sign the attached form, returning it with receipts/evidence of expenditure to Mark or at the address below. It is very important that you remember to sign by hand the form in the box marked claimant signature. Our finance department will not accept digital signatures, although it is perfectly fine to email us a scanned copy of the hand-signed form.

UK bank details should be entered directly onto the form. If payment is being made to an overseas bank account, please attach a separate sheet to the Payment Request with full bank account details. Full details should include the IBAN, SWIFT/BIC (or ABA/Routing number for USA), bank name, bank address, and name of account holder. If you have any questions about the procedure, Nick will be delighted to help (


As you may know, the project is planning to put together an edited collection arising from the network colloquia in the new year. The CFP is attached to this email; we will talk further about future plans for the network when we meet in London, but we would in the meantime be very grateful to hear of any ideas you have for keeping up the momentum once the grant comes to an end in 2015.

Do let one of us know if you have any further questions or queries. We’re very much looking forward to hearing about your work!

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