The conference plenary talks, symposia and evening reception will all be held in the University of Exeter, in the modern, purpose-built Streatham Court and the newly-opened Forum. This £50million facility was formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen in May 2012 and hosts a 400-seat lecture theatre and many smaller seminar rooms, along with a number of cafés, shops and dining facilities. The main thoroughfare (known as 'The Street') is a stunning open space that will be used for certain functions during the conference.
University of Exeter
The forum is part of the University of Exeter Streatham Campus (a virtual tour is available here) which is located approximately 20 minutes walk North of the City of Exeter. The campus itself has been voted one of the most beautiful in the country and has lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens in addition to views across to Exmouth and the Exe Estuary. The campus also boasts almost 1000 diverse artworks, including its own sculpture walk and the Bill Douglas Centre the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.
City of Exeter
The City of Exeter is the historic county town of Devon and is a modern, vibrant centre for culture, shopping and entertainment. The City Centre is home to a beautiful gothic cathedral, modern shopping facilities in the new Princesshay Centre and the recently refurbished museum of the year 2012, the Royal Albert Museum, in addition to the usual shops bars and cafés. Slightly further afield, Exeter has an historic quayside and pleasant countryside walks within a few minutes of the city centre.
Devon and Cornwall
The West Country has some of the best natural scenery in the country, most of which is easily accessed from Exeter (e.g. Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Jurassic Coast). Further afield Cornwall and the Eden Project are only 1hr 30mins away.
Photographs used in this page:
Cafes - Exeter Cathedral Yard alfresco © Tony Howell
Jurassic Coast 21 ©Tony Howell
Exeter Cathedral night shot © Exeter Cathedral