The registration portal will open on 30th November 2019.

You must be a current member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies to register for the conference. See here for further details relating to membership.

To participate in the conference, all attendees must pay the appropriate registration fee.

Registration fees

The ACHS biennial conference (#ACHS2020Futures) will be a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues and share your research with an international range of scholars and practitioners.  As the largest event for Critical Heritage Studies globally, the conference will see hundreds of delegates gather in London to present and discuss their work with established and early career researchers.

The venue for the conference is The Institute of Education in Bloomsbury, a Grade II* brutalist masterpiece situated in the heart of London’s ‘knowledge quarter’. Within a short walk of the venue can be found The British Museum, The British Library, The Wellcome Collection and The Grant Museum of Zoology, not to mention smaller institutions such as Charles Dickens Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Foundling Museum and The Wiener Library. The area is also home to many of London’s major universities, including UCL itself, Birkbeck, Senate House, King’s College, Central Saint Martins and LSE. Few urban spaces could offer a greater density of world-leading research and practice focused on critical heritage.

The conference will include sessions on a wide range of issues, including arts and creative practice, digital futures, environmental change and the Anthropocene, contested histories, and the policies and politics of heritage. We also welcome participants from outside of heritage studies who may engage with these subject areas from their own disciplinary vantage points.

Conference registration includes:

  • access to over a hundred sessions over five days
  • pastries, tea and coffee on arrival each morning
  • morning and afternoon refreshments
  • lunch on Thursday to Sunday
  • a welcome reception on the opening night
  • access to a dedicated mobile app allowing you to network with other registered attendees and view the programme to help plan your conference experience

Tickets will be available at a reduced price for Early Bird Registration from Saturday 30th November 2019 to Saturday May 30th 2020*, and thereafter at the general registration price.


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    Earlybird registration

    30.11.19 to 30.05.20

    Student rate – £290

    Non-student rate – £350

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    General registration

    31.05.20 to 30.07.20

    Student rate – £340

    Non-student rate – £400

Alongside the main conference programme we will be offering a range of ‘off-site’ activities exploring the role of heritage in London’s future. This will include guided walks, exhibitions, and behind-the-scenes tours, as well as a carefully curated list of local sites and experiences to explore on your own or with colleagues.

Not included in the registration fee – travel and accommodation, the conference dinner, some workshops and events.

We are working to increase the sustainability of the conference and to reduce its impact on the environment. In an effort to save paper and encourage attendees to use the digital programme, printed programmes will only be available for purchase separately. Please indicate if you wish to purchase a printed programme when you register.

*Subject to change

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be received no later than 30 June 2020. Please submit your request in writing to

We request that presenting authors, in the first instance, attempt to find an alternative presenter as presenter author cancellations pose significant challenges to the schedule.

Refund Schedule

Up to 31st March 2020 – 90% of the registration paid will be refunded

1st April to 30th May 2020 – 70% of the registration paid will be refunded

1st June to 30th June 2020 – 50% of the registration paid will be refunded

Only in exceptional circumstances will we be able to refund the cost of registration after this date.