BAVS poster_castleJust over a week now to the start of BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’!

To help you navigate your way around the conference and the conference website, we’ve prepared a brief summary of all the things you’ll need to make your BAVS experience a success.

Getting to Cardiff

We have provided a handy travel guide on our website with instructions for getting to the city of Cardiff by air,­ rail, coach, and car.

Most of ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ takes place in the Cardiff Business School’s flagship Postgraduate Teaching Centre (PTC), which is a short walk (15 mins) away from Cardiff city centre. The first two keynotes will take place in the Julian Hodge building. Please note that this information supersedes our previous message about the first keynote taking place in the Law Lecture Theatre; we have now been able to move the first keynote to the Julian Hodge, but will only get access to the lecture theatre at 1.  The Julian Hodge building adjoins the PTC and can be reached from the PTC side exit near the Ground Floor seminar rooms. Please see the PTC Ground Floor and Julian Hodge floor plans at the back of the Programme booklet.

You can download a location guide of the conference venue and surrounding area at this link. Floor plans for all the venues are available in your delegate packs, and on the ‘Conference Venue’ page of our website.

Time and Location of Registration

Registration will take place on in the concourse of the Cardiff Business School Postgraduate Teaching Centre, the main conference venue. There will be signs directing you to the appropriate locations.

Registration will open in the PTC in 0.04 on 31 August at 8:30 a.m., and will continue throughout the day.  For delegates arriving on Tuesday 30 August we will have early registration (again in 0.04) between 2 and 4 p.m. (Delegates who arrive a day in advance are welcome to attend the Dickens roundtable in the PTC Lecture Theatre 0.16 at 6 p.m.) For delegates only attending the second or third days of the conference, registration will be open throughout the conference day on September 1st and 2nd, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Please note that the BAVS 2016 PGR/ECR workshops will start at 9 a.m. sharp on the 31st. if you are attending these workshops you will need to register early, either the day before or on the day by 8:45 a.m.

The Programme

The most current version of the programme, with up-to-the-minute revisions, is available on the conference website. Here you can also find information on the keynote speakers, special sessions, musical interludes, and various exhibitions that will be taking place at BAVS 2016.

Please double-check the venue on the website or your revisions sheet before you proceed to a location – for example, the first keynote now takes place in the Julian Hodge building, and not the Law Lecture Theatre. Again, you will find a floor plan for each venue in your programme booklet.

You will also find printed copies of the programme and abstracts booklets in your delegate pack.

Please note that papers are limited to 20 minutes. In order to allow space for introductions and discussion, we encourage you to aim for no more than 18 minutes.

Curving glass roof and arched Venetian windows of the Morgan Arcade, a restored Victorian shopping arcade in Cardiff, Wales

Curving glass roof and arched Venetian windows of the Morgan Arcade, a restored Victorian shopping arcade in Cardiff, Wales

Getting online

Free internet will be available at the conference venue, with instructions for getting online available in your delegate packs. In addition to our conference website, you can find us on Twitter at @BAVS2016. We will be tweeting live from the conference using the hashtag #BAVS2016 – please feel free to join the conversation! You can also check in at our Facebook Event, ‘BAVS 2016’.


For those staying in University accommodation, your buildings can be found in either Colum Hall on the opposite side of Colum Road, in Aberconway Hall, or in Talybont; for Colum Road and Aberconway Hall breakfast takes place in the refectory of the Julian Hodge building; delegates staying at Talybont will have breakfast served in Talybont.

Please see our accommodation page for key pickup instructions and contact information for the accommodation halls.

Emergency Contacts

We will do everything in our power to ensure a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for you at BAVS 2016. In case of emergencies, however, here are some helpful contacts:

  • South Wales Police – 999
  • South Wales Fire & Rescue Service – 999
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust – 999
  • Cardiff University Security – 029 2087 4444 (24-hour security control room)
  • Dragon Taxis – 029 2033 3333 |
  • Cardiff Bus – 029 2066 6444 |
  • DAN 24/7 Drug and Alcohol Helpline – 0808 8082234
  • LGBT Cymru Helpline – 0800 023 22 01
  • Nightline – 02920 870 555
  • Sexual assault referral centre (SARC) – 02920 335 795

Make Yourself at Home

Once you’re in Cardiff, you might find our suggestions for eating out and things to do in the neighbourhood useful. If you’re looking to learn a few words of Welsh, you can find a handy list of phrases (with pronunciation guide) here – or here if you’re looking for something student-oriented.

You can e-mail us at or tweet to us at @BAVS2016 during the conference with any queries. Conference organisers and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions during ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’. You will recognise us by our red lanyards.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


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