The Conference Banquet will take place on the third evening of the conference (Saturday, 18th July), in Aberdare Hall. As well as being the staff dining club, Aberdare Hall is Cardiff University’s female-only hall of residence.

Aberdare Hall

Aberdare Hall was originally built in 1893, but was founded in 1885 by Lady Aberdare to promote women’s education in Wales. The Hall, surrounded by its own gardens, is located on the main Cardiff University campus, within walking distance of most of the academic schools and only a brief walk from the city and civic centre. It is around five minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

Aberdare Hall dining room


Dinner is accompanied by house red and white wines, and still and sparkling mineral water.

Asparagus, cherry tomato and mozzarella filo bundles

Roast leg of lamb with honey and rosemary; or

Salmon Aberdare Hall on a bed of watercress with a white wine sauce; or

Vegetarian choice (TBC)

Served with a selection of seasonal vegetables

Chocolate and orange torte with vanilla cream

Cheese Board
A selection of British and continental cheese and biscuits

Coffee & Mints

Wine Reception

As well as the Banquet, there will be a wine reception to welcome delegates to Romantic Imprints on the first night of the conference (Thursday, 16th July). This will take place in the Viriamu Jones Gallery, in Cardiff University’s Main Building, offering delegates the chance to experience some of the institution’s history.

Viriamu Jones Gallery, Main Building

The VJ Gallery is named after the scientist and educationalist, John Viriamu Jones (1856–1901), who was instrumental in establishing Cardiff University (and the University of Sheffield). The Main Building dates back to 1905, when architect WD Caroe began work. Construction was completed in a number of stages, beginning in 1909, and was inspired by Caroe’s alma mater, Trinity College, Cambridge, whose design he sought to combine with inspiration drawn from the Oxford colleges.

Main Building, Cardiff University

Main Building