Some thirty colleagues recently congregated to discuss research relating to events.  In addition to discussing matters such as the nature of events management as a field and journal provision, the Centre welcomed two visiting speakers.


Appleby Fair – ancient to modern

Kevin Douglas

Chief Executive, Eden District Council


The traditional Gypsy and Traveller Horse Fair was always the type of event that has ‘just happened’ but over the years they have gradually been stopped due to prejudice and legislation. Appleby Fair has been running since 1685 and is now the largest Horse Fair in Europe and one of the major Gypsy and Traveller gatherings each year. The event has been unstructured and without any management structure and plan and was causing major tensions in the local area between the residents and visitors. In 2007 Eden District decided to tackle   this issue and adopted a Multi Agency Approach to address a range of issues. The talk will outline the use of event management approach for an event that has unique and interesting challenges and the lessons learned.

A Temporal Analysis of Conference Venue Refurbishment within the U.K. Conference Sector

Dr Julie Whitfield

Centre for Event and Sport Research, Bournemouth University


This seminar will examine conference venue refurbishments within purpose built venues, hotels, educational establishments and visitor attractions across the U.K conference sector.  The main data relate to six refurbishment activities undertaken to create a venues conference product.  Additionally, refurbishments undertaken since the conference facilities opened and future plans for refurbishments across the four venue classifications are examined.  The refurbishments examined are those of upgrading furnishings, upgrading décor, complying with health & safety legislation, the implementation of modern conference technologies, converting and/or extending the venue to supply or improve conference facilities and the provision of disabled access.  The results show that the initial level of investment across all venue classifications is not sustained, and a decline in future investment is apparent.  The implications of this for the sector will be considered.