2019 Convention Southampton
Organiser: Colin Metherell
The Stereoscopic Society Convention and AGM 2019 will be held in Southampton at the Dolphin Mercure Hotel 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN, from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019. The hotel is a 500 year old coaching inn in the city centre, which has recently completed a £4 million refurbishment programme, and I am sure that the management will make us very welcome. The hotel is within walking distance of the shopping centre.
The hotel charges for bed, breakfast and evening meal are; double or twin room £127.50 per night per room, and single room £82.50 per night per single room. Members are requested to book with the hotel as soon as possible (see booking form), making any special requests and to inform Mary Paul of their booking.
The booking number is 023 8038 6460, or email H7876@accor.com. Rooms that are not booked will be released on 3rd April, cancellations after that date will still be charged.
Please discuss any mobility issues when reserving your room. The bedrooms in the main building are accessible from a small lift, but the hotel has long narrow corridors. There are some limited mobility access rooms.
The format of the Convention will be very familiar to regulars; 3D projection of members shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Saturday morning the highlight will be the Annual General Meeting, including election of the Committee, followed by members 3D displays. Saturday afternoon will be free.
On Sunday we are having a day out at Bucklers Hard, a 18th century shipbuilding village, followed by a visit to the Beaulieu Abbey (dating from 1204), gardens and Motor Museum. The cost of the day out will be £32.00
There are several interesting museums in Southampton, including the Solent Sky Museum, SeaCity Museum, Tudor House and Garden, and Southampton City Museums. Southampton is situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park, planted by William the Conqueror in 1079, and contains a vast expanse of common land, with many wild deer and New Forest ponies. (If you go to the New Forest you could do well to avoid Lyndhurst as traffic congestion is dire.) Travelling in an easterly direction you could go to Portsmouth Dockyard. Nearby, in Gosport, there is the Submarine Museum and another museum called Explosion! Even further eastwards, there is the cathedral city of Chichester, its famous theatre and gateway to the south Downs National Park. Going north you could reach Winchester, with its famous cathedral, King Alfred’s capital of Wessex, and birthplace of many famous people.
Southampton Dolphin Mercure Hotel 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN. Telephone: 023 8038 6460
The convention organisers would appreciate if you could book a.s.a.p.