The fifth International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC) will be held on Wednesday, July 2 and Thursday, July 3 2014 at Bournemouth University in Dorset, England.

The International History of Public Relations Conference is organised by the Public Relations Research Group in Bournemouth University’s Media School. It is an annual opportunity for scholars, historians and interested practitioners from around the world to meet, hear papers and discuss the history of public relations.

Conference Registration


Early Bird# (closes on Saturday, May 3, 2014)


Standard registration# (After Sunday, April 13 to Tuesday, June 24, 2014)


Graduate student#


Day delegate (July 2)


Day delegate (July 3)


Conference Dinner (day delegates and other visitors)


# Includes Conference Dinner

  • Conference speakers must register for both days of the conference
  • Graduate Student registration is solely for students engaged in full-time studies on graduate/Masters and doctoral programmes
  • Registration closes on Thursday, June 26, 2014

To register for IHPRC, please use the online registration form:

Register for the International History of Public Relations Conference

Register for the International History of Public Relations Conference


Travel to Bournemouth

Delegates from outside the UK mostly fly into Heathrow Airport, which is London’s main airport, and then travel to Bournemouth by train, express coach or hire car. From Heathrow, there are regular National Express coaches from the airport’s central bus station and terminals 4 and 5 to Bournemouth. They stop at the transport interchange near the town’s rail station; don’t go on to the coach stop at the university. From Bournemouth station, it’s a short taxi trip to the conference hotel. There is a RailAir coach service from the Heathrow terminals to Woking rail station where you catch the train to Bournemouth.

Others spend a few days in London as tourists and then take a train from London Waterloo station to Bournemouth (with a terminus of Weymouth). Journey time is around 1hr 50min. London Waterloo is on the underground Tube network on the Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines.

Bournemouth has a limited range of scheduled flights mainly in the UK and nearby Europe, including Dublin. It is possible to fly into Paris or Amsterdam and get a connection to Southampton. Immediately by that airport, you can catch a train west to Bournemouth about 40 minutes away.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel, which is 5 minutes’ walk from the conference venue, is the Ramada Encore in Bath Road, Bournemouth (there is a 5-7 minute walk to the sea in the other direction). The hotel has a block of rooms set aside for IHPRC delegates and has a special price for clients connected with Bournemouth University. The rates are £57.00 per room per night for sole occupancy and £64.00 per room per night for double occupancy and includes breakfast. Delegates should telephone + 44 (0)1202 291266 or email in order to book their rooms directly with the hotel, quoting IHPRC 2014 CONFERENCE. The email address is: Don’t use the Ramada online booking system!

There are many, many other hotels in Bournemouth, so don’t feel restricted to the Ramada Encore. You want to be in the Lansdowne or East Cliff areas.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bournemouth University on July 2-3, 2014.