Social programme

There will be two complimentary receptions, to which all delegates and accompanying persons are cordially invited:

Fargegaten i Stavanger (The colourful street)

Welcome reception on Wednesday 31 May, 1900-2030, in the Atrium of Kjell Arholms Hus, the area nearest Auditorium 2. Sponsored by the University of Stavanger and the MELD team. We will have some wine/soft drinks and something to eat after the evening’s academic programme to celebrate informally the start of the conference and the launch of MELD (A Corpus of Middle English Local Documents).

Reception on Thursday 1 June, 2000-2200, at the Archaeological Museum of Stavanger. Sponsored by the City of Stavanger. There will be an opportunity to see some of the Museum’s collections, as well as to relax with something to eat and drink. The Archaeological Museum of Stavanger has been part of the University since 2009, and has a fascinating collection which includes numerous runic inscriptions on stones and artefacts. The Archaeological Museum is in the Våland area just beyond the roundabout south of the City Centre; it is a 5-10 minutes’ walk from the City Centre hotels. The Stavanger guided walk will take you directly to the museum in time for the reception.

Map indicating the walking route to the Archaeological Museum.

In addition, you may like to register for the following extra activities:

Stavanger guided walk

This one-hour walk will take you around some of the main attractions, old and new, of Stavanger city centre, including the twelfth-century Cathedral, the picturesque Old Stavanger area and the city’s most recent attraction, the ‘colourful street’ (Øvre Holmegate). The walk starts from the Cathedral, at 18.30.

Thursday 1 June, 18.30.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at restaurant Bølgen & Moi, situated at Stavanger Oil Museum right at the waterfront.

Friday 2 June, 20.00.

Bus tour of historic and prehistoric sites

The Stavanger area and the surrounding countryside are exceptionally rich in historic and prehistoric sites and buildings. This is the area of some of the earliest habitations in Scandinavia after the Ice Age, the coast from which most of the famous Vikings set sail and the site of Norway’s oldest surviving Cathedral. On Saturday we will hire a bus and travel around the nearby islands and coastal areas to look at Stone and Iron Age dwellings and rock carvings, early stone churches, runic inscriptions and fantastic scenery. We will also visit Norway’s only surviving medieval monastery, Utstein Abbey (Utstein Kloster). We meet at Byterminalen (Jernbaneveien, 9) at 9.50.

Saturday 3 June, 10.00 - ca17.00.

Walk to the Pulpit Rock

The Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, is the most famous tourist attraction in the Stavanger region. According to Lonely Planet, it is one of the world’s most breathtaking viewing plateaus. It rises 604 m above Lysefjord, allowing for a majestic view of the fjords.

The terrain is hilly with an altitude difference of 350 m. The path cuts through wild rugged landscape which makes this hike a uniquely beautiful experience. It takes approximately 4 hours back and forth, covering a total distance of about 6 km. You may find the hike moderately challenging depending on your level of physical fitness and hiking experience.  It is absolutely essential to wear sturdy footwear and appropriate hiking clothing, as well as to bring along water and a packed lunch.

We meet at 10.10 at Fiskepirterminalen, Stavanger (Fiskepiren). We will take the ferry to Tau from Fiskepirterminalen at 10.30. Then a bus to the starting point of the hike. The bus operates on a first come, first served basis. The total cost of the trip is estimated at 350 NOK and card payment is accepted on both ferry and bus. For this excursion, we do not ask you to pay us in advance, but you simply pay your ferry and bus fares there and then.

Saturday 3 June, ca 09.30 – ca 17.00 (precise departure time to be announced once the summer ferry timetables are available).