The 40th Annual General Assembly and Reunion,
the Dukes Head Hotel
King's Lynn, Norfolk
12-14 May 201
The speaker at the
First Session of the
General Assembly
will be
Baroness Valerie Amos

previously United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination
and currently Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London

The speaker at the Second Session will be Dr Paul Richards, an eminent local historian, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society of Arts, and King's Lynn Town Guide, who will speak on King’s Lynn and the Hanseatic League Past and Present


















40th Annual General Assembly and Reuion

Join us in King's Lynn, Norfolk, in May 2017

Dukes Head Hotel

The Dukes Head Hotel

The Cambridge Region is pleased to be hosting next year's Annual General Assembly and Reunion in King's Lynn, Norfolk, from 12 to 14 May 2017. BAFUNCS will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year so we are planning a special celebration of this important milestone. The venue chosen is the Dukes Head Hotel, an elegant Georgian hotel facing the market square in the town centre.

Although Norfolk is generally thought to enjoy a measure of isolation from the rest of the country, it has a fascinating history and culture. In particular, King’s Lynn was for centuries one of the most important seaports in England and a key member of the Hanseatic League that dominated maritime trade along the coast of northern Europe from the Baltic to the North Sea from the 13th to 17th centuries. It is also close, for example, to the Queen’s private residence at Sandringham; to Castle Rising castle, which was the home (and prison) in the 14th century of Queen Isabella, the wife of King Edward II and mother of Edward III; to Houghton Hall, the home of Robert Walpole, England’s first Prime Minister; to Norfolk Lavender, Britain’s major lavender farm, at Heacham; and to bird reserves at Snettisham and Titchwell and a SeaLife centre in Hunstanton. So if you wish to extend your stay, there is a rich variety of places of interest to visit, as well as stunning beaches a few miles away on the north Norfolk coast.

Saturday excursions will be a visit to Sandringham, a walking tour of old King’s Lynn led by knowledgeable guides, and a visit to Houghton Hall, one of England's finest Palladian houses.

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful corner of England.

Further details can be found in the Invitation, which is attached here, as well as the Registration Form.

Updated15 December 2016