Information for Delegates


After careful consideration, feedback from delegates and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Historical Association Annual Conference again and this will now be moved from Friday 13 & Saturday 14 November 2020 and take place Friday 14 & Saturday 15 May 2021 at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. It is hoped by then we will be in a better position to enable us to provide an experience that members deserve in a safe environment.

It is important to state that the balance of risk was factored heavily into this decision. We have always put the health and safety of all participants at the heart of any decision we have made and we will continue to do so moving forward but we also needed to consider the bigger picture and the risks for our vulnerable members and the risks that would be involved with a large gathering of those working in education. In particular, the impact that this could have on schools, considering the disruption our young people are experiencing. The HA concluded that the safest option for everybody was to postpone the event.

If you are happy to move your booking over to Friday 14 & Saturday 15 May 2021 your registration will automatically be applied to the new date. However, if you had rebooked accommodation for November 2020 with the Marriott Hotel Bristol this will be automatically cancelled but you will need to rebook the bedroom for May 2021, using this link.

If you are not able to attend the May 2021 dates or would prefer to cancel and obtain a full refund for your booking, please email and we will arrange this for you.

We realise that the HA Conference May 2021 is a little way off so the HA are pleased to announce it will be hosting an online, interactive conference in November 2020 offering many learning opportunities including keynote speakers, age group specific workshops as well as a lecturer series. It will also be supported with network opportunities from the safety of homes and offices. Further details will be available in September.

Please once again do accept our apologies for this additional change, if you do have any queries, then please either email or call 01904 702165 between 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday.

Venue and directions

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre is a memorable destination for work and play, with an exceptional location and award-winning service. Settle in to intuitively appointed rooms and suites offering high-speed Wi-Fi, plush bedding and other modern amenities; 24-hour room service ensures you’re never hungry during your visit. Elsewhere at the hotel, challenge yourself to a workout in the fitness centre or have a swim in the heated indoor pool, followed by a meal at Cast Iron Grill. Brew Bar Lounge broadcasts the day’s big matches, and the Outdoor Urban Terrace is a one-of-a-kind gathering place for friends and family. If you’re hosting an event in Central Bristol, you have several flexible venues at your disposal, as well as customised catering and the assistance of our planning team. We hope you’ll explore the city centre while you’re here as well – from Cabot Circus to the zoo, many of Bristol’s top attractions are well within your reach. We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre.

To find out more please visit the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre website.


Please note, there is no onsite parking at the hotel.  NCP Car park Bristol Broadmead –  Lower Castle St, Bristol BS1 3AF is located next to the hotel. 

Overnight residents are offered a reduced rate of £17.00 per 24 hours (this is subject to change).


Please note the package does not include any accommodation to stay overnight at the host hotel the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

To take advantage of the preferred rates outlined below for the Historical Association Conference please register here or call on 0800 221 222 and quote Historical Association or the code U9N (please note the reservations team are working on reduced hours due to the impact of COVID-19).

Upon making a reservation, you will be required to guarantee this by providing a credit card. Should you wish to cancel at any stage you can do so free of charge up to 24 hours before arrival.  If you cancel after this point you will be charged for a one-night stay.

Accommodation Prices

Ensuite bed and breakfast for single occupancy – £109.00 per night
Ensuite bed and breakfast for double occupancy (double bed) – £119.00 per night
If a twin room is required, please email for prices and availability

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Location and directions to the hotel

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
2 Lower Castle Street
Old Market
Telephone main switchboard: 0117 929 4281

By car
At Junction 19 of the M4, exit onto M32 towards Bristol. Continue onto Newfoundland St/A4032. Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Temple Way/A4044. Use the left lane to take the A420 slip road to Kingswood/St George. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Castle Street. Castle Street turns right and becomes Lower Castle Street – Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre will be on your right. Parking is available at the NCP Broadmead car park next to the hotel.

By public transport
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre is a short (12-15 min) walk from Bristol Temple Meads rail station via Temple Way. Alternatively you can get an 8 or 9 bus direct from the rail station to Cabot Circus South, a 1-minute walk from the back of the hotel on Temple Way (bus services usually run every 10 minutes).

HA Conference 2020

Why Attend the HA Conference?

About Bristol 2021 Conference

Programme Virtual Conference

Historical Association website

Become a member of the HA

Call for papers 2021

Speakers Virtual Conference


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