When the Conference Registration opens, partners who intend to accompany conference delegates may also be registered. This is a free service that will provide the partner with a conference name badge and free entry to conference drink receptions. An additional programme of activities for partners has been organised: Partners may select individual events from the list below or choose to attend everything for the reduced price of £115.
Monday 9 July - Afternoon - Guided Walks around Historic Winchester (£5)
The conference venue of Winchester is an unspoilt cathedral city and one time ancient capital of England and seat of Alfred the Great. The guided tour will introduce you to the major historic features of the city.
Tuesday 10 July - Full Day - Visit to Petworth House & Park (£23)
Petworth House is a magnificent country house with an internationally important art collection. Set in a 'Capability' Brown landscaped deer park it houses the National Trust's largest art collection which rivals most London galleries with numerous works by Turner, intricate wooden carvings by Grinling Gibbons in the Carved Room and fascinating servants' quarters with a 'state of the art' Victorian kitchen.
Wednesday 11 July - Afternoon/Evening - Conference visit to The National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey followed by the Conference Dinner (£65)
It is tradition that ICSD Delegates spend Wednesday afternoon on a 'cultural' activity prior to the conference dinner. This year we plan to visit Beaulieu in the New Forest before returning to Winchester for the conference dinner in the evening.
Few car museums in the world can match the unique collection of the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. The House has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wriothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John. Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there is still much for visitors to see today.
Thursday 12 July - Afternoon - Visit to Jane Austen's House (£17)
Jane Austen's house is a pleasant seventeenth century house in the pretty village of Chawton in Hampshire, where she wrote and revised her famous novels including Pride and Prejudice. The museum houses an attractive collection of items connected with Jane and her family, including the table where she used to write her novels. There are also music books transcribed by Jane, who was a competent pianist. There is a fine Hepplewhite bureau-bookcase that belonged to Jane's father which contains many first editions of Jane's novels.
Friday 13 July - Full day - Visit to Stonehenge and the City of Salisbury (£23)
It is the tradition at ICSD for delegates to have a technical tour on the last day of the conference. This may not be to everyones taste so we will offer partners the opportunity to visit Stonehenge, followed by an afternoon in Salisbury (a small cathedral city in Wiltshire).
The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC.