UKAHN Colloquium 2022: Portico Library, Manchester: 5 July

The 2022 UKAHN colloquium is being held at the Portico Library in the centre of Manchester on 5 July. Please join us to celebrate the history of nursing in this iconic space.

There will be a full day of papers covering a wide variety of national and international nursing history topics. The Colloquium has a proud tradition of providing a supportive environment and space for researchers to present work in progress and obtain feedback for further development of their research.


The Portico Library boasts a 215-year history, having been established in 1806 by 400 founding subscribers. As its website states, early readers included future prime ministers, leading scientists and educators and world-famous authors, including Mrs Gaskell. A truly stunning setting for a colloquium.

Please note that the library is accessible by stairs or a stair lift only.  There are no lifts. Further information can be found here:

Lunch is included in the colloquium fee, so please apply via Eventbrite by 10 June 2022. The Portico needs delegate numbers for catering purposes – late bookings may not be possible.
Booking is here via Eventbright
Waged £40
Unwaged/students £30

Refunds – minus the booking fee automatically charged by Eventbright, will be possible up to 21st June.

Advice on accomodation: The Portico is in the centre of Manchester, close to rail links and many hotels. We are not holding rooms for those attending the colloquium as there are many hotels from which to choose in Manchester.  However, several members of the UKAHN Committee will be staying at Motel One , Piccadilly. This is a reasonably priced hotel next to Piccadilly railway station and about a 5-10 minute walk across the Piccadilly Gardens to the Portico Library. The bedrooms are not large, but the en-suite shower-rooms are well appointed. There is a large open plan lobby and bar on the ground floor to meet. Please note there are other Motel Ones in Manchester, so be sure to book the one in Piccadilly,  if this is your choice.In the Piccadilly area there are about seven other hotels including the more expensive, Malmaison, Hilton Doubletree and Mercure, to the Holiday Inn and Travelodge. The visit Manchester site is a good source for information:

Please note, June and July are very busy times in Manchester, so you are advised to book early.

Meeting and eating together: as we get nearer to the event, we will be planning an informal dinner on the evening before (4th July) and the evening of (5th July) the Colloquium. All who are able to join us will be very welcome.

The UKAHN Bulletin 2023
Papers submitted for the Colloquium will also be considered for publication in the 2023 issue of UKAHN’s annual online journal, The UKAHN Bulletin. Guidance for authors can be found here:

The last UKAHN colloquium was in 2019, so the Committee are very much look forward to welcoming old friends and new to this year’s colloquium. Please come and celebrate with us in Manchester – ‘the first industrial city’.