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NATE Conference 2011 at British Library: photo by Richard Eaton for NATE & British LibraryNATE Conference 2011 - photo by Richard Eaton for NATE and the British Library

NATE organises a range of national and regional professional events open to both members and non-members. 

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NATE Conference 2011

Friday February 25, 2011 to Sunday February 27, 2011
British Library, Euston Road, London

The British Library  Sponsored by AQA
Will you be there?
British Library external view
Will you be here, at Conference 2011?
The English Professor will be there...
David Crystal
David Crystal opening Evolving English
Make sure you're there as well!

Here's a taste of Professor David Crystal in
action on TV to whet your appetite.

Evolving English: One Language, Many

Conference is now over but you will find resources, discussion and photographs on NATE Network.

NATE is pleased to announce that our Conference 2011 will be sponsored by AQA.

The full conference programme is now available. Click here! Or click for the most up-to-date online version!

This conference is a unique event, offering an unparalleled opportunity to develop your professional expertise and networks through a programme of relevant, focused and highly expert workshops, speakers, presentations and seminars.

You will be able to visit the once-in-a-lifetime Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices exhibition at the British Library, and to take part in workshops run in conjunction with some of London's vibrant community of English-related activity, including a major national newspaper, museums and literary houses. 

Conference fees:
  • £225 NATE members
  • £300 non-members (includes NATE membership)
  • Ten bursaries for NATE members are available covering 50% of the fee - apply by 31st January using the form here....
How to book:
  • click on BOOK NOW in the top or bottom right of this page to book online
  • or click here for a booking form
  • or contact the NATE office by email
  • or telephone Julia Elliott on (0114) 255 5419

Overview of conference programme

Click to view the conference schedule online
  • A fantastic programme of workshops, tours, demos, speakers, readings, seminars and presentations from Friday to Sunday
  • A copy of David Crystal's book accompanying the Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices exhibition at the British Library - and an opportunity to get it signed
  • Meeting British Library Learning staff and exploring what your national library is doing to support teaching and learning about English Language and Literature
  • All the cultural resources of London: see Visit London for more information about special offers on things you might want to see or do while you're visiting the city.
Exciting additions are being made to the programme all the time: watch for news here and join NATE's Facebook Group for news updates as they happen.


We have planned the conference to provide a mixture where the eating and drinking is concerned. Included are:
  • Cooked two-course lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Wine reception with canapés and special guests on Friday evening
  • Tea, coffee, pastries, afternoon teas and snacks Friday to Sunday 
On Friday evening after the wine reception, delegates will have the opportunity to join a dining party with other delegates at a local restaurant with a fixed price menu – more details and sign-up soon.
On Saturday evening, delegates will be able to form their own dining parties, taking maximum advantage of the very many wonderful restaurants and cafes in the area around the British Library or further afield in the capital. Within short easy bus rides are all the culinary delights of the West End, Islington and pretty much anywhere in the central area of the city – London delegates will be able to give you their own personal recommendations. Just make sure you're back in time for the legendary NATE pub quiz (this time actually in a pub…) 

Accommodation – please note

This unique conference is also unique for NATE in that we have made it possible for delegates to attend with maximum budget flexibility. By separating the conference fee from accommodation costs, you decide where you stay, giving you options to:
  • stay with friends or family at no cost at all
  • book budget accommodation in hostels, hotels and local B&Bs
  • book a family room and bring partners and kids for a half term break
  • stay at home if you live within easy travelling distance
  • come to conference with professional friends and book a group room or serviced apartment 
  • This means you must book your accommodation yourself, and we strongly advise you to do this as soon as you have booked your conference place.
Click here for a list of hotels in the area. Please note that this is a list of suggestions and starting points: we do not make recommendations as everyone's tastes and preference will be so different. 

Find out more about Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices on the British Library site.

For a taste of the 2010 Conference, see this page and the photographs on our Flickr pages.


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