Britain and the World 2020 Conference (POSTPONED)
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    Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

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The conference has been postponed until 2021. Keep checking back for updates.

The University of Plymouth and the City of Plymouth are delighted to host the Britain and the World conference in Britain’s Ocean City in 2020, the 400th anniversary of the epic Mayflower expedition across the Atlantic when a group of English Puritans sought sanctuary from religious persecution.

Plymouth is leading a national partnership of 11 destinations to commemorate the Mayflower’s journey and associated heritage of their communities. We hope you will and come join us in commemorating this historic international moment. 

Since the Pilgrim Fathers left in 1620 to settle New Plymouth in Massachusetts, more than 50 towns and cities worldwide have adopted the name Plymouth, 32 of them in the US, underlining the conference’s association with Britain’s global interactions. 

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Jury’s Inn

Based just a five minute walk from the main conference venue and close to Plymouth Barbican and the City Centre. Jury’s Inn is approximately a ten minute walk from Plymouth Rail Station.

Bed and breakfast: £82.00 per room per night (single occupancy) or £92.00 per room per night (double occupancy)

Delegates can redeem this rate by using code: JIPLYM160620 in the promo code box when booking online.

Other accommodation

There are a number of alternative accommodation options available – find a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation across the city.


Great Western Railway offer

We are pleased to have collaborated with Great Western Railway (GWR) to offer our delegate discounted train travel.

Please refer to the travel guide document for information on how to get the best from our discounted rates, and book tickets.

These discounted tickets are available to book 12 weeks ahead of your return journey, therefore if you are leaving Plymouth on Tuesday 16 June, you will be able to book your discounted train tickets from Tuesday 24 March.

Mayflower 400

2020 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's pioneering voyage to America in 1620. The University is working in partnership to commemorate this historic voyage.

Find out more about Mayflower 400

Event photography and video

Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events (both online and offline) may be attended by University staff, photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know.