Many of the earlier programmed meetings of CPC 2011will take place in the Houses of Parliament. The Opening Ceremony and Centennial Cultural Evening will also take place in the Palace of Westminster in the historic Westminster Hall.
Built in 1097 for King William II, Westminster Hall housed the Exchequer, Chancery and the highest court of justice in the Kingdom.
Throughout its life, it has seen the trials of some of the most notorious and infamous characters from British history such as Sir Thomas Moore and King Charles I.
It has been the venue of some of the largest and grandest festivities, such as celebrations of marriage and coronation banquets.
Westminster Hall and the CPA
Westminster Hall has also played an important role in the birth of the Empire Parliamentary Association, being the venue for the first official gathering of delegates for the coronation lunch of George V in 1911.
The CPA UK secretariat is housed just off Westminster Hall, which will be the venue for some of the smaller conference meetings.
Follow the link to learn more about the illustrious history of Westminster Hall.
One of the newest additions to the Parliamentary Estate, Portcullis House is home to over two hundred Members’ Offices. Its meeting rooms are used as the venue for various Select Committee meetings and parliamentary conferences and seminars.
Completed in 2001, this state-of-the-art energy efficient building, will be the main venue for the Society of the Clerks-at-the-Table Conference.
Follow the link to learn more about the Portcullis House.