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British Academy events: FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the British Academy's events programme. Answers to our most frequently asked questions can be found below - if your question is not answered please contact us at

If you require information about events organised by the British International Research Institutes please contact the relevant Institute directly.

How can I find out about forthcoming events?

Forthcoming events that are open to the public are listed on the British Academy events webpage. To stay up to date with the events programme, including any changes to event details, sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Do I need to register in advance?
Most events require advance registration. Check the individual event webpage to see whether registration is required.

How do I register for events?
Details of how to register for each event can be found on the individual event webpage.

The event is fully booked, how can I get a place?
Once an event is fully booked, an online waiting list will open. In order to join the waiting list, follow the instructions on the individual event webpage. If places become available, they will be allocated to those on the waiting list in the order that people joined. If you are allocated a place from the waiting list you will be notified via email. For our most popular events, a returns queue will also be in operation on the day of the event. If a returns queue will be in operation, information will be added to the event webpage the day before the event.

Do you issue tickets for events?
A ticket is issued for bookable events and will be attached to your booking confirmation email. Please either bring it with you, printed out or on your smartphone, or you can simply give your name on arrival.

How much do events cost?
All British Academy Lectures are free to attend. A fee is chardged for British Academy Conferences and other selected events. Please refer to the individual event webpage for further information.

Attending an event

Where do events take place?
Most of our events take place at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH. However, some events are held at other venues, so it is important that you check the individual event webpage for the correct details.

What time should I arrive?
Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the advertised start time. Admission to non-bookable events is on a first come first served basis. Please note that for free bookable events any places not taken 10 minutes before the event starts may be allocated to the returns queue. We ask you to bear this in mind when planning your arrival time.

Do you let in late comers?
Subject to the availability and accessibility of seats inside the venue and the type of event, late comers may be admitted. For some events, late comers may be offered seating in an overflow room with an audiovisual link. Please note that admittance to any British Academy event is always at the discretion of the event organiser and the British Academy reserves the right to refuse entry to an event.

Is free wi-fi available at events?
Free wi-fi is available for all those who attend events at the British Academy. Log in details can be found at reception upon arrival.


We are committed to welcoming all members of the public into our building for our public events programme. Due to the Grade 1 listing of our building, we are slightly restricted in relation to access to some rooms for motorised or battery powered wheelchairs and vehicles. When registering to attend an event, please let us know if you have any access requirements so that we can best facilitate your visit to the British Academy.

Facilities at the British Academy include lift access from street level into the building, an accessible toilet on the ground floor, lift access to the event spaces on level 1 and induction loops. Information regarding disabled parking spaces in Westminster can be found on the City of Westminster’s website: Visitors who require extra assistance or specialist facilities can notify the Events Team in advance by emailing or calling 020 7969 5200.

Press and media seats

I’m a member of the press; can I register for a press seat?
For most events we are able to set aside a limited number of seats for members of the press in advance. Please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media enquiry about an event.

If you have missed an event

How can I find out about previous events?
Full lists of past events are available on the British Academy website.

Are all events recorded?
We aim to audio record all of our public events, excluding conferences, subject to the permission of those involved. Available recordings can be found via the individual event webpages or on the British Academy Soundcloud Channel.
To watch previous events, please also visit the British Academy YouTube Channel.

Do you provide transcripts of your events?
Transcripts for our public events are not available. However, articles derived from some British Academy events are published in the online open-access Journal of the British Academy or in the British Academy Review. Information on this is given on the relevant event webpage.

Venue hire

For all information and enquiries about hiring rooms at the British Academy, please visit {10-11} Carlton House Terrace.

The British Academy receives public funding from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As part of our funding obligations, we collect anonymous feedback from events to measure how we are meeting our funding objectives. Feedback is collated as statistical data, with headline statistics shared with BEIS twice a year. 

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