Conference venues

The Watershed

The Conference will take place at the Watershed, an innovative Conference center on Bristol’s historic harbourside. Based in historic warehouses refurbished in 2005, the Watershed is a grade II listed building. It contains three cinemas, conference facilities and a café/bar.





Welcome Reception


Mayor George Ferguson will welcome IMCL delegates on Monday evening, June 29th at a Welcome Reception in Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

The Museum is located on Queen’s Road at the top of Park Street. The building is of Edwardian Baroque architecture and has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building. It contains two sections each consisting of a large hall with barrel-vaulted glazed roofs, separated by a double staircase. It incorporates a Museum of Antiquities, geology, Eastern art, and Bristol's history, and changing exhibitions.


Discussion Dinner/Awards Ceremony

The Discussion Dinner/Awards Ceremony will take place on board the SS Great Britain. Launched in 1843, she was the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven liner to cross an ocean.

The Great Britain was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineer of many talents who left his imprint on Bristol in many significant ways, including the original Temple Meads Station and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which soars over the Avon Gorge.


Photo credits: Destination Bristol

Reception and Barbecue

The University of Bristol, a sponsor of the conference, graciously welcomes IMCL Conference delegates to a reception and barbecue at Goldney Hall Orangery and Gardens. 


Goldney Hall, now a student hall of residence, was built in 1724 for the Goldney family, who were Quakers. It is a listed building on a hilltop overlooking the city of Bristol and Brandon Hill. The historic English Landscape Garden style grounds include an orangery, ornamental canal, gothic tower and shell-lined grotto.