National Representatives Group Conference

Inspiring eLearning: the European Cultural Information Space

The Watershed, Bristol - 16 November 2005

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Registration for the UK Presidency Events is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Natasha Bishop as soon as possible.


This UK Presidency conference is to examine the connections between the digitisation of culture and learning. The conference will showcase some developments in the UK, as well as those from across Europe and look at some of the issues involved in the provision of eLearning materials.

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The conference sessions and meetings will take place between 10.00-16.00.

There will be a programme of social events for NRG official members including a trip to the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms in Bath. There will also be the opportunity for visits to social attractions.

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An invited audience of up to 200 delegates, with approximately 100 from across Europe, mainly from Ministries of Culture and strategic bodies. The UK delegates will be senior civil servants from DfES, DCMS, DTI and representatives of strategic organisations in the cultural sector.

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The conference will take place at The Watershed in the historic city of Bristol. The Watershed is situated overlooking the floating harbour in the centre of the City.

The City of Bristol is perfectly situated with good transport links including close proximity to three motorways, two train stations and an international airport with direct flights throughout Europe. The journey from airports in London takes approximately 3 hours and can be expensive, so it is recommended that delegates consider flying direct to Bristol airport, or transferring at Amsterdam.

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For delegates booking their own accommodation, there is a comprehensive accommodation search facility at

In addition to the hotels offered through this service, delegates wishing to make their own arrangements may find the following local hotels of interest:

Premier Travel Inn

There are two Premier Travel Inns in Bristol City Centre: Haymarket and King Street, so you can search for availability at either of these hotels at:

Jurys Bristol


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Transport information

By Air direct to Bristol

As the journey from London to Bristol is approximately 3 hours we recommend that delegates should fly direct to Bristol International airport. There are direct flights to Bristol from over 35 European destinations, including major European hubs such as Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Information on the airport can be found at:

From Bristol Airport you can take the Shuttle bus into the centre of Bristol

A taxi to Bristol city centre will cost in the region of £15.

By air to London

If you travel by air to any of the London airports, you will need to continue your journey to Bristol:

There is a direct coach from London Heathrow to Bristol city centre which takes approximately 2 hours. This leaves from the Heathrow coach station. This is the quickest way into Bristol from London Heathrow.

From Heathrow, we recommend that you take the direct National Express coach from the central bus station direct to Bristol City Centre. This is the quickest way to travel to Bristol from Heathrow taking about 2 hours and costing about £32.

From Gatwick, you can take the Gatwick Express from the airport to Victoria railway station. You will then need to take the Underground from Victoria to Paddington railway station where you can take a direct train to Bristol. This will take you approximately 3 hours and could cost you up to £130.

From Stansted, you can take the Stansted Express from the airport to Liverpool Street railway station. You will then need to take the Underground from Liverpool Street to Paddington station where you can take a direct train to Bristol. This will take you approximately 3 1/2 hours and could cost you up to £130.

Information on the London Underground can be found at:

By train

There are two mainline train stations in Bristol, we recommend that you travel to Bristol Temple Meads which is in the city centre.. Trains run twice an hour from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and a standard return ticket will cost 106.

By coach

The coach station in Bristol is right in the city centre and there are regular coaches from many parts of the UK including Heathrow airport.

By car

Road links to Bristol are excellent. The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive; the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.

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Registration is now closed.


The Conference is being organised by UKOLN on behalf of DCMS and MLA.


For any enquiries regarding the meeting, Bristol or the venue please contact Natasha Bishop at:

University of Bath,
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 38 6256
Fax: + 44 (0) 1225 38 6838

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