Registration 2018 Now Open

The ninth International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC) will be held on Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Bournemouth University in Dorset, England. The conference venue is the Executive Business Centre, 7th floor, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB.

The International History of Public Relations Conference is organised by the Public Relations Research Cluster in Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Media & Communication. It is the annual meeting for scholars, historians and interested practitioners from around the world to present papers and discuss the history of public relations.

  • 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
  • Click here to register
Early bird (includes conference dinner) – sale ends 15 May 2018 £260
Standard (includes conference dinner) sale ends 10 June 2018 £320
One day registration (does not include conference dinner) £170
Student rate (includes conference dinner) £130
Conference dinner £40

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 Airport 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.


IHPRC’s nominated hotel is the Ramada Encore, 22 Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2NS. It is 5-7 minutes’ walk to the conference. There is a special rate for delegates which is obtained by emailing the hotel,, or calling +44 1202 291266 and mentioning that you are attending a Bournemouth University conference. Do not book through online services or the Ramada system. A block of rooms has been set aside for IHPRC delegates.

Other hotels are used by delegates. Most should have online booking or be accessible through,, TripAdvisor or similar services:

  • Best Western Royale, Gervis Road, Bournemouth [Also close to the conference]
  • Premier Inn Bournemouth Central Hotel, Westover Road, Bournemouth [10 minutes’ walk to conference; five minutes from beach]
  • The Green House, Grove Road, Bournemouth [7 minutes’ walk to the conference]

There are many other hotels and B&Bs in Bournemouth, as it is a popular coastal resort. Near the conference, which is held at the university’s Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB, are areas called Lansdowne and East Cliff. When looking at other hotels, check that they are in these areas for easy of walking to IHPRC 2017. Google Maps can help check their position.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bournemouth University on July 11-12, 2018.