News from the BNTS
Our Annual Conference is 7 weeks away, and I can give notice that the Annual General Meeting of the British New Testament Society will take place on Friday 2nd September 2016 during the conference at the University of Chester at 7.15pm. Please do make every effort to attend.
The Committee will meet on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm.
Booking is going well for the conference; we have passed the 150 mark. Please note that bookings will close on Friday 12th August 2016. Please make sure you have booked by this date to help with the smooth running of the conference.
I have attached some travel information and maps. It is not my most polished creation (!), but if you wish to walk from the station it will help. However, the campus is a short taxi ride away and will cost around £5. The conference is on the main campus (or Parkgate Road campus). Travelling to Chester is pretty straightforward, and hopefully you should not have any difficulty reaching the campus. All the campus based conference venues are very close together. However, do note that New Testament and Early Christianity and Social World of the New Testament are having their Friday morning events at The Grosvenor Museum (27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD), which is about a 20 minute walk through town.
Dr Sarah Whittle comes to the end of her term on the committee at the forthcoming conference, and there will be an opportunity for us to thank her at the AGM. This means there is one vacancy on the committee. Anyone who would like to consider being nominated may contact me. Please do be aware that we are attentive to trying to achieve balance on the committee in terms of gender, geography, type of institution etc.
There will be two additional events at this year’s conference (which I’ve pompously called the Conference Fringe). Both will take place on the free afternoon Prof. Philip Alexander will be giving a tour Chester Cathedral Library, speaking on “From the Age of Erasmus: Treasures of Biblical Scholarship in Chester Cathedral Library.” This will take place at 1.30pm in the Cathedral Library. Numbers are strictly limited to 25, but there are still a number of places available. If you wish to go (and the library is well worth seeing), please reply to this email. Could I ask that if you have a question about any other aspect of the conference, or the committee that you write a separate email.
Delegates may arrive on Thursday 1st September from around 3pm to register and the conference will end after lunch (1-2pm) on Saturday. As usual we will take orders for taxis on the Thursday and Friday.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Chester at the beginning of September.
Dr Paul Middleton
Secretary, The British New Testament Society