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Conference Venue

The Conference venue will be the Renold Building of the University of Manchester. The building is located close to the city’s main rail terminus, Manchester Piccadilly (trains from Manchester Airport generally stop at Manchester Piccadilly, meaning the service is very frequent).

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The Renold Building is of architectural significance in its own right, as well as emblematic of the expansion of higher education in Manchester during the 1950s and 1960s.

A modernist building of 1962 with distinctive zig-zag windows and staircase, the Renold was designed by W.A. Gibbon of the architectural firm Cruickshank and Seward who were to have a considerable influence on planning what was then the UMIST campus and on the whole of late 20th century Manchester. A feature of the building which is easily missed is the large mural Metamorphosisby Victor Pasmore, a pioneer of British abstract art, running down the whole of one side of the lower entrance hall of the building. Manchester is usually thought of as a Victorian city. But it has a range of modernist buildings which are only now beginning to be appreciated for their architectural merit. The ‘Campus’ campaign of the Manchester Modernist Society aims to raise the profile of the buildings making up the former UMIST campus and their website is a good resource for those interested in finding out more about the conference setting.

The building is named after Sir Charles Renold, at one time Vice President of Manchester College of Science and Technology (which later became UMIST).  His father was the Swiss born engineer Hans Renold who founded the well-known Manchester manufacturing company Renold Chains & Gears.


Reception Venue

The venue for the pre-conference drinks reception on the evening of Tuesday 17th June will be the University’s historic John Rylands Library, pictured right, a Victorian Gothic cathedral of learning situated on the city centre’s traditional main thoroughfare, Deansgate.  The library is located at the gateway to the newly developed Spinningfields business district and is just a few minutes walk from Albert Square and the equally spectacular but very different Victorian gothic of the Manchester Town Hall.

John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Conference Dinner

The formal conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 18th June will be held at the famous ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United FC. A bus will bring delegates from the conference venue to Old Trafford and return them after the dinner.

Old Trafford (Wikimedia)


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