Transport Advice and Information

Dear conference delegates,

Some transport details for getting to Leeds Trinity University for the BAVS 2015 Conference!

Train travel
To get from the central Leeds railway station to Leeds Trinity, there are options for either train or bus.

Train travel will be quickest: trains from Leeds to Horsforth stations leave about every half-hour and take 10-15 minutes (though then with a 15-minute walk up the hill to LTU). The schedule can be accessed here:

You can book a ticket through to Horsforth when making your transport arrangements, or buy a separate ticket at the central railway station. A ticket between Leeds and Horsforth should cost you less than £5.

Bus Travel
The relevant bus, no. 97, winds its way through Headingley and takes about 45 minutes plus. Bus travel will, however, bring you closer to the university: the 97 bus stops just outside the campus, saving you the 15-minute walk. To reach the nearest bus stop from the central railway station, walk up Park Row, turn left into Headrow and then left into Albion Street. The bus goes about two to three times an hour in the daytime, and once an hour in the evenings. The schedule is available at

Taxi travel
Delegates can book online or by app with the University’s approved taxi company, Arrow. Their web site is go to BOOK LEEDS or download their app by searching ARROW CARS LEEDS at iTunes or Google Play. This allows you to book any journey from anywhere in Leeds to Leeds Trinity: Horsforth train station, Leeds central railway station, or the airport. If you book both ways at the same time, you will receive a discount. Typical prices are below:
Horsforth Train station to Leeds Trinity University – £3.80 one way, £7.14 return (saves 46p)
Leeds City Train station to Leeds Trinity University – £11.50 one way £21.62 return (saves £1.38)
If you are arriving at the airport, Arrow operates a booking office there: this would be our recommended mode of transfer to LTU. The cost should be less than £5.
Arrow do own some WAVs, but please book in advance.

If you’re driving, it’s worth knowing that there are two entrances to the campus, both on Brownberrie Lane. The ‘south entrance’ (or ‘main entrance’) will bring you to the main car park, and closest to the conference venue; there is, however, more parking available from the ‘north entrance’! Parking will be free.

For general directions to Leeds Trinity, see .


Afternoon of Saturday 29th August: Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth Fieldtrip

After the close of the BAVS Conference, there will be an optional field trip to the Haworth Parsonage Museum. This will depart from Leeds Trinity at 2 p.m. on Saturday 29th August, returning to campus by 6 p.m. The visit will include a talk and a tour of the museum. The cost is £15 per person, including entry to the museum. Please book your place via the online shop (places are limited to 52 people) at
If you have any questions, please contact Jane de Gay (

Reminder about Registration and Clarification about the PGR Workshop (Thursday AM)

The latest (hopefully final) conference programme is now available here on our website!

Thursday’s timings: postgraduate / ECR workshop

When you’re registering and arranging travel, it is worth noting that the conference itself begins fully at lunchtime on Thursday 27th August. Prior to that will be a free workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers.

No additional booking is required for this – but if you are you planning to attend, please confirm by emailing, so we can choose a room and refreshment numbers effectively! And if you’re travelling a long distance, you might like to book the additional Wednesday night’s B&B.

An inclusive light lunch will be provided for attendees for the workshop. Other arriving delegates will be able to buy their own lunch from the university canteen or deli bar.

Registration reminder

And talking of booking – one more reminder to register as soon as possible! Registration is via the online form: (if this doesn’t work, go to , and navigate through from there). The final deadline for registration is Thursday 13th August.

Friday Fieldtrip – Expressions of Interest

BAVS 2015 delegates are invited to indicate their interest in attending the Friday afternoon fieldtrip, led by Dr Simon Morgan of Leeds Beckett University. This is an alternative to attending the Friday afternoon panels, 2-5pm, which can be viewed on our programme here on our wordpress site, Victorian Age(s).

This does not mean making an absolute commitment at this stage – it is for the purpose of allowing us to plan transport and logistics. Please indicate if you would be interested by emailing us at by 29 July 2015. A description of the fieldtrip appears below:

Leeds Field Trip

On this field trip we will be exploring Victorian Leeds through the eyes of Dr John Deakin Heaton. Almost forgotten today, Heaton had a hand in many of the institutions of the Victorian city, including the Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, and what became Leeds University. Heaton’s wife, Fanny, was a promoter of female higher education, one of the founders of the Leeds Girls’ School and a friend of Emily Davies. His sister, Ellen, was an art collector and feminist, being a correspondent of John Ruskin and an early patron of Rossetti. Starting at the University, the trip will follow the online walking tour from the Heaton Map Project, inspired by Heaton’s journals. Depending on numbers, the tour will be part or wholly led by Dr Simon Morgan of Leeds Beckett University, author of the Heaton Map, and will include a tour of the Leeds Library, the city’s famous 18th Century subscription library, where both J. D. and Ellen Heaton were members.

Further Information/Clarification on Conference Bursaries

Just to confirm: you can apply for the conference bursaries if you are currently working on your doctoral thesis AND if you have recently completed, but do not yet have an academic post. In other words, both PGR students AND unemployed ECRs are eligible.

Secondly: all applications will be considered for both categories, unless you wish your application only to be considered for one of the two categories. You need only apply once. You can be awarded only one bursary, though!

Thirdly: those on the programme to give a paper or chair a session, and those who merely wish to attend, are equally eligible to apply.

If there is any further information you need, please email me at, and I will try to answer your question. However, if in doubt, better to apply than not!

BAVS 2015 lead co-ordinator, Rosemary Mitchell

Announcing Conference Bursaries for PGR Students/ECRs!

The following PGR student bursaries are advertised for the 2015 British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, Victorian Age(s). All bursaries are for £100, to be used by recipients to partially cover the costs of attending the conference.

The bursaries are as follows:

Four BAVS bursaries. Recipients are required to write within six months of the conference date (a) a report of the conference for the BAVS Newsletter of not more than 1,500 words, and (b) a blog for The Victorianist, on a theme or subject which has attracted their interest in the course of the conference and which has been agreed with the PGR BAVS representatives. Additionally, they are required to tweet on the BAVS 2015 Twitter account during the course of the conference.

Two LCVS bursaries. Recipients are required to tweet on the LCVS (Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies) 2015 account, and to write two blogs each for the LCVS blog (one a report on their experience of the conference, of not more than 1,500 words, and the other on a subject of Victorian interest to be agreed with the LCVS blog coordinators).

All bursaries are available to those who have recently submitted doctoral theses, but do not hold an academic post. You do not have to be giving a paper at the conference to apply for the bursaries.

Application is via a letter of not more than 1 page, and a brief CV of no more than 2 pages. Applicants should explain in the letter how conference attendance will contribute to their research and professional development, and outline skills and previous experience which will facilitate their performance of the required tasks.

The letter of application and the CV should be sent to the conference lead co-ordinator, Dr Rosemary Mitchell, at by Friday 3 July, 5pm. Any enquiries should be similarly addressed.

Applications for the BAVS bursaries are assessed by a panel that includes member(s) of the BAVS Executive Committee and member(s) of the conference organising committee. Applications for the LCVS bursaries are assessed by a panel of staff members of the LCVS.

Bursary-holders will be expected to pay all registration and other fees for the conference in advance, and will receive their bursary cheques at the conference.