2024 IBSC Annual Conference

2024 IBSC Annual ConferenceHarrow School

Harrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

July 1-4

Spouse/Partner Program

The Spouse/Partner Program has reached capacity. Should you wish to join the waitlist, please email Amy Ahart at ahart@theibsc.org.

Spouse/partner program registration includes the Monday conference events, Monday evening Welcome Reception, Wednesday evening special event, special daytime programming shown below, and bus transportation to and from Harrow School. Please register with the conference attendee. 

Remember to eat breakfast before conference activity starts each day.

Registered spouses and partners are invited to join attendees for the Monday and Thursday conference program. On Tuesday and Wednesday, planned activities follow this schedule. Please remember to collect registration materials on Monday at Harrow School.

Travelling around central London is far quicker by Underground than by coach. The conference hotels sit near an Underground station in Wembley. Staff from Harrow accompany you throughout the two days of the Spouse and Partner Program, providing you with Underground tickets and ensuring a stress-free visit.

Monday, July 1    
1:00 – 3:00 PM Buses depart the conference hotels for the school.  
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Registration, School Tour, and Refreshments

War Memorial
3:30 – 5:30 PM Opening Plenary Session Featuring Steven Bartlett Speech Room

5:30 – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception Chapel Terrace
7:00 – 9:00 PM Buses depart the school for the conference hotels (every 30 minutes). Outside Rendalls

 

Tuesday, July 2    
8:30 AM Meet Harrow representatives in the lobby of one of the conference hotels. Then walk to the Underground station together to commute to our first destination. Hotel Lobby
10:00 AM Explore London’s iconic castle and World Heritage Site. Get a close look at the Crown Jewels and meet the legendary Yeoman Warders and ravens. The Tower of London
12:00 noon Dine riverside at Coppa, Tower Bridge before embarking on the Thames Clipper sailing down the river past The Shard, Southbank, London Eye, and other sights. Disembark at Westminster Pier right by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (House of Commons, House of Lords, and Westminster Hall). Optional: Climb Big Ben—334 steps up a spiral staircase! Coppa, Tower Bridge
2:30 PM

Enjoy a private guided tour of Westminster Abbey, a royal peculiar and final resting place of Charles Dickens, Geoffery Chaucer, and Harrow’s own Lord Byron in poet’s corner. The Abbey has touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, priests, heroes, and villains since 960 AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and serves as the final resting place of more than 3,000 Britons.

Westminster Abbey
4:30 PM Return to conference hotels. Catch the tube back to Wembley Park via the Jubilee Line or head to the West End to take in a show.  
  Evening on Your Own  

 

Wednesday, July 3    
8:00 AM Meet Harrow representatives in the lobby of one of the conference hotels. Then walk to the Underground station together to commute to our first destination. Hotel Lobby
9:00 AM

Visit the Churchill War Rooms on a guided private tour before the museum opens to the public. The British government directed its World War II efforts from this underground nerve center. It also houses the award-winning Churchill Museum.

Churchill War Rooms
10:30 AM Walk through St. James’s Park to watch the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade, crossing The Mall with a stunning vista up to Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, you may walk accompanied along Whitehall, passing Downing Street, or take some free time to visit the iconic Fortnum & Mason. St. Jame's Park
12:30 PM Enjoy a three-course lunch at Brown’s in Covent Garden in a private room. Browns in Covent Garden
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Spend the afternoon taking a private 90-minute tour in The British Museum. This Golden Highlights Tour ensures you see the key artifacts of the collection, including the Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon. You may visit a lovely café at the museum at any time during the tour.

The British Museum
4:00 PM

Return to conference hotels. Catch the tube back to your hotel accompanied by Harrow staff or stay in the center of town to attend the reception at The National Gallery at 7:00 PM.

 
5:30 - 6:30 PM Buses depart the conference hotels for the National Gallery. Hotels
6:45 - 10:00 PM Special Reception The National Gallery
8:30 - 10:00 PM Buses depart the special reception for the conference hotels.  

 

Thursday, July 4    
7:45 - 8:15 AM Buses depart the conference hotels for the school  
9:00 - 10:00 AM Workshop Block 5  
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break War Memorial and Chapel Terrace
10:15 - 11:15 AM Workshop Block 6 Various locations
11:30 AM -1:00 PM Closing Plenary Session Featuring Lieutenant General Sir Charles R. V. “Roly” Walker Speech Room
1:00 - 1:30 PM Buses depart the school for the conference hotels Outside Rendalls