Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying persons Registration

The Conference will facilitate an accompanying persons rate. This rate is £75 British Pounds Sterling plus VAT, and includes:

-  A Welcome Reception – Drinks and Canapes
-  2 Evening Receptions – Drinks and Canapes
-  5 Packed Lunches 
-  Tea/Coffee Refreshments (2 per day for 4 days)


Accompanying Persons Provisional Programme

We have put together some historical and cultural elements that we hope you will enjoy but we are happy to take requests and suggestions. 

The cost of transport and entry fees is included in your registration.  However there are two lunches/coffees that are not covered.

You will be accompanied during the week by Dr Sally Montgomery who attended the Japan Congress and who is also happy to discuss any particular interests or concerns that you may have.  Sally can be contacted by email:

Monday 12 August 2013

The week starts with an opportunity for you to meet each other over coffee.

This will then be followed by a talk on Northern Ireland from a historical and political perspective. 

After lunch we will go on an open top bus tour to see around the City.  The tour includes stories of industry and engineering, famine, disease, bombing raids and of course the recent political troubles, to now being one of the most exciting cities in Europe.   This takes about 90 minutes.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

RMS Titanic

Belfast is home to Harland and Wolff the shipyard that built RMS Titanic.  The morning will start with a visit to one of Northern Ireland’s newest and most popular attractions -  Titanic Belfast.  This iconic building tells the story of Titanic conception, design, build, launch and the tragedy.  You can stand on the very slipways Titanic was launched from.  We have allowed two hours for this.

SS Nomadic

After coffee we will aim to visit SS Nomadic.  This gem of a ship was built to take first and second class passengers out to Titanic at Cherbourg.  This is the last surviving White Star Line ship and has been lovingly restored and opens at the end of May this year.  This will take about an hour.

We will have lunch somewhere in this area and please note the cost is not included.

After lunch you can opt to go back to the University and visit the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens or stay to complete the Titanic tour.   Note the Museum is within 5 minutes of the University so easy to visit at other times.  Also worth visiting on the same site is the Tropical Ravine just behind the Museum.

For those who wish to conclude the Titanic story we will visit the Thompson Dock and Pump House.  This vast dry dock was completed in 1910 in time to take Titanic’s sister ship RMD Olympic and then Titanic the year after.  This is where Titanic had her propellers and rudder fitted.  You can climb down into the dock.   This will take about an hour.

Wednesday 14 August 2013

There is a separate tour list for this day. Please visit the lefthand sections on the main conference website and view Social Programme details

Thursday 15 August 2013

Linen Museum

During the American Civil War the confederates blocked the exporting of cotton promoting the use of linen world-wide.  Linen production and manufacture was based in Ireland, particularly the north. So during the morning we will visit the Linen Museum in Lisburn.  We will travel by bus and it will take about 40 minutes to get there.

After the Linen Museum will then travel to the very pretty village of Hillsborough for lunch please note the cost of lunch is not included.

Hillsborough Castle and Garden

After lunch we will visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. This small mansion was built in 1770 and was formerly home to the Governor of Northern Ireland.  It is now the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and it is where the Queen stays when she visits the Province.  We will see round the State room, dining room and silver from HMS Nelson before having a pleasant walk in the gardens.

Friday 16 August 2013

This is a quieter day with time to visit the Ulster Museum, shop or visit the City Hall.  Belfast’s City Hall was built in 1906 as the City had become very wealthy from linen. 

The City Halls garden has the Titanic Memorial Garden for those lost from the Titanic as well as the busts of s Sir Edward Harland and Lord Pirrie – Chairmen of Harland and Wolff.




Provisional Programme

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