Victoria Rooms

Photo of the Victoria Rooms AuditoriumThe conference will be held in the University of Bristol's Victoria Rooms. A familiar Bristol landmark, the building first opened its doors to the public in May 1842, and for many years served as the most important and lively cultural centre in the West of England. In 1848, the renowned 19th century soprano, Jenny Lind (the 'Swedish Nightingale') appeared on its platform, and four years later, Charles Dickens delighted a large audience with a selection of readings. From 1873, the main The Victoria Roomshall also possessed a very famous organ - the large instrument originally built for the Royal Panopticon of Arts and Science in London. Sadly, the organ, along with the original hall, was destroyed by fire in 1934. Once restored, the building became the headquarters for the University Union, a purpose that it continued to fulfil until 1964, and subsequently, it was used as an attractive Conference and Exhibition Centre by the University.

The Victoria Rooms currently house the University's Department of Music, as well as continuing to serve events and conferences such as the Penguin Conference.