|The City of Southampton||Conference Venue||Hampshire & Surrounding Area|
Southampton has around 200,000 inhabitants and is situated on the South Coast of England. The city is a major port with all the wide selection of shops and amenities you would expect to find in a modern city. One of its attractions, however, is the amount of history still evident in the city. Extensive sections ofthe medieval town walls still form an important part of the centre as do various medieval buildings. Other notable features are the many parks and the Common which stretches from the University almost to the City Centre.
For students in search of entertainment there are many pubs, clubs and restaurants to choose from. Southampton has its own revitalised waterside docklands development, 'Ocean Village' with bars, cafes and a five screen multiplex cinema. There are several other cinemas and an Arts Centre, 'The Gantry', which shows films as well as cabaret and fringe theatre. The Nuffeld Theatre is on the University campus, and in town the Mayflower puts on theatre, rock concerts, ballet and opera. Southampton has a Civic Art Gallery and hosts frequent visits from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
There are a wide range of sporting facilities both at the University and in the city at various sports clubs and centres, one of which boasts a dry ski slope. Southampton has its own Premier League football club, the Saints, and is also home to the Hampshire Cricket Ground. The area is, of course, ideal for sailing and all types of water sports.
Southampton is the region's premier shopping destination, boasting rich variety among its smaller shops and famous names in the high street and the covered Marlands and Bargate shopping centres. It is also well served by superstores in and around the city.
The University campus is about two miles from Southampton city centre and many of its buildings are grouped around an attractively landscaped valley. As well as the blocks that house the academic faculties, the Hartley Library and the Students' Union, the campus boasts a theatre, a concert hall and an art gallery. The Halls of Residence, many of which have their own gardens and recreational facilities, are only a short walk away.
From small beginnings as the Hartley Institute last century and after a
period as a University College of London, the University of Southampton
gained its own charter in 1952. Since that time it has grown and
prospered and is now a flourishing place of learning and research
welcoming about 3000 students each year.
The venue for Hypertext 97 will be the University of Southampton's Boldrewood Conference Centre. The Centre has five tiered lecture theatres, one flat lecture room, five flat floored seminar rooms, a catering area and an exhibition area of 1250 square metres. The exhibition area is carpeted and fitted with electrical sockets and telephone sockets. There are private and public telephone lines. Two licenced bars are available. All lecture theatres are equipped with modern audio visual equipment, including in Lecture Theatre 1 a large screen projection video.
Accommodation for Hypertext 97 will be in Glen Eyre Hall, the University of Southampton's showcase Hall of Residence. Located a short walk from the Boldrewood Centre, Glen Eyre has squash courts and hard tennis courts, laundry facilities and a small shop. Guests are provided with a hand towel and bath towel and rooms are cleaned daily.
Glen Eyre also has a licenced bar, which will be open to delegates throughout the conference.
One of Southampton's main advantages is its position on the South Coast. The city is just over an hour's train journey from central London. You can, therefore, enjoy all the Capital has to offer without the high costs and accommodation difficulties of living in London and its surrounding area. Travel to Europe is very easy with frequent daily ferry services to France from Portsmouth and Southampton. Southampton has its own airport with fights to the Channel Islands, Holland, Belgium and France as well as domestic services. Heathrow is an hour's drive away.
The city is also ideally placed for sightseeing in the region. The ancient cathedral cities of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester are within easy reach, as is Stonehenge, one of the most notable prehistoric sites in England. The New Forest is nearby and a short train or car journey gives you access to the Forest's heathland, wildlife and picturesque villages. The village of Minstead, on the eastern border of the forest has a turf labyrinth. For the children, a theme park is nearby, containing a popular dinosaur attraction. Being a port, Southampton does not have its own beach but there are plenty close at hand at such holiday centres as Boumemouth and Lyme Regis.
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