Due to the current coronavirus situation, after discussions with the British Library, we have decided that we must cancel the 2020 Bodies From The Library conference scheduled for 4th July.
Full refunds will be given to everybody who has booked to attend. We are contacting everybody who purchased tickets and arranging the refunds.
We have a provisional date already agreed with the British Library in June 2021 for next year’s conference and we will post details in due course.
Thank you to everyone who booked for this year’s event, we’re just as disappointed as you that it can’t go ahead, and we look forward to seeing you all next time in 2021!
I’m so sorry you had to do this, but I accept that it’s the right thing to do in the current environment. We’ll see you next year. Have you considered publishing the papers anyway? I, for one, would happily pay for copies of the papers to be presented, although know it’s nowhere near as good as seeing the papers presented in person. Or what about a set of video files? Again, I’d pay, even if the speakers recorded their presentations at home and uploaded them to a server.
Yes, it was not a decision we took lightly. It is heart-breaking when we think of all the preparation the speakers have put in etc. You are one of several who have suggested some sort of virtual conference. That’s certainly an idea we are thinking about – how we might do something even if a full live programme is now no longer feasible. Watch this space for more once we have had some time to collect our thoughts.
And if those were naïve suggestions, please accept my apologies and be gentle with me!