Early Bird registration is open to accepted presenters only from 30.01.20 to 1.05.20.

If you wish to register as a non-presenter, early bird rates will be available from 02.05.20 to 30.05.20. Registrations made by non-presenters before the 2nd of May will be refunded.

Please read all the information carefully on the registration portal and ensure you choose the correct Attendance Category. Places at the conference dinner are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please click here to register.

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.

You will need your ACHS Unique ID number when you register. To find this:

1. Go to the ACHS website membership page

2. If you need to login, there will be a link for you to do so;

3. Once you have logged in, search for your name in the directory. Click on your name, and your ID will be shown in the next screen. Your ID is a combination of 24 digits and letters unique to you;

4. Please copy and paste the ID into the relevant field of your ACHS Conference registration form.

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


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 two hundred sessions over five days
  • pastries, tea and coffee on arrival each morning
  • morning and afternoon refreshments
  • lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 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
  • access to a number of additional talks and workshops (booking necessary) including a session on “Getting Published” and an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) session on research funding as well as AHRC one-to-one “Surgeries”
  • a half day practical workshop on Heritage, Museums, SDGs and Climate Change (booking necessary)
  • a wide range of “Fringe” activities including guided walks and tours, behind-the-scenes tours, and a carefully curated ‘source book’ of things to do and see in the local area and beyond.


We will be offering a limited number of registration waivers to presenters who would otherwise not be able to participate in the conference for financial reasons.

Waivers will be by application and we will prioritise participants from low/middle income countries, unwaged presenters including students and/or those with no institutional support.


Whilst we have done our best to set registration fees as low as possible we understand that the cost of attending the conference will be prohibitively high for some.

A number of bursaries and fee waivers have been facilitated by a donation from the conference chair, Professor Rodney Harrison. In addition we are working to secure sponsorship for additional bursaries.

If you would like, and are able, to make a donation towards fee waivers and bursaries please do so here. 100% of these donations will go towards enabling attendance by presenters who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference.


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    Presenter Earlybird registration

    29.01.20 to 1.05.20

    Student/un-waged rate – £290

    Non-student/waged rate – £350


    Limited number of day registrations available

    Student/un-waged rate – £60/day

    Non-student/waged rate – £75/day

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    General Earlybird registration

    02.05.20 to 30.05.20

    Student/un-waged rate – £290

    Non-student/waged rate – £350


    Limited number of day registrations available

    Student/un-waged rate – £60/day

    Non-student/waged rate – £75/day

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    General registration

    31.05.20 to 30.07.20

    Student rate/un-waged – £340

    Non-student/waged rate – £400


    Limited number of day registrations available

    Student/un-waged rate – £70/day

    Non-student/waged rate – £85/day

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.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

*** Please see the Covid-19 update 22.03.20 for changes to the refund schedule for speaker registrations.

Cancellations and refund requests must be received no later than 11th August 2020. Please submit your request in writing to

Refund Schedule

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

1st April to 10th August 2020 – 80% of the registration paid will be refunded

11th August 2020 onwards – no refund will be paid

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