XXXV Physics in Collision 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Social programmes:

Thursday 17th September
Evening Conference dinner at St Mary's Guidhall Coventry

St Mary's Guildhall Coventry has nearly 700 years of history, through lots of stories and treasures of St. Mary's Guildhall, the finest medieval guildhall in the country. Located n the city's historic Cathedral Quarter, the magnificent medieval interiors and fine artworks offer a window into Coventry's glorious past, a fascinating experience in the very heart of the city. Join Mary, Queen of Scots, and Shakespeare on the long list of visitors to have passed through the doors.

Friday 18th September
Guided Tour of Warwick Castle followed by a visit to historic Stratford Upon Avon with an opportunity to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production

Warwick Castle
Experience more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle.

Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damage by fire in 1871, the Castle has nevertheless survived the ever-changing fortunes of history. Warwick Castle remained under the stewardship of the Earls of Warwick and later the Greville Family as a private home until 1978. The property was then taken over by The Tussauds Group, which later became Merlin Entertainments Group in 2007 and remains under their guardianship today.

The records of a walled-building in Warwick can be traced back to the Saxon fortification which Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, used to defend against the invading Danes. The first castle to appear on the site was a wooden motte and bailey constructed in 1068 at the command of William the Conqueror. Throughout the middle ages, under successive Earls of Warwick, the Castle was gradually rebuilt in stone.

Stratford Upon Avon
The 19th century saw a number of improvements to Stratford Upon Avon. A canal opened in 1816. It was followed by the railway in 1859 which, of course, made it easier for tourists to visit the town.
Tourism grew in the 19th century as Stratford upon Avon became famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The house where he was born was purchased in 1847 and turned into a monument. Anne Hathaway's cottage was purchased in 1892.
During the 20th century Stratford Upon Avon continued to grow and by the 1951 it had a population of almost 15,000. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre was built in 1932 and the Shakespeare Centre opened in 1964. Today Stratford Upon Avon thrives on tourism. It is a very popular tourist destination because of its status as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Furthermore Stratford Teddy Bear Museum opened in 1988.

RSC Production showing on the 18th September will be Henry V - tickets can be purchased direct from the RSC website:


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