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Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 17:45
The Open University Business School, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
ABH 2018 Events Team

Pluralistic perspectives of business history: gender, class, ethnicity, religion

The 2018 Association of Business Historians Annual Conference will be held on 29 - 30 June 2018 at The Open University Business School in Milton Keynes.

The role of different social groups and identities in business is an important, though under researched, topic in business history. However, there is, increasing recognition that, for example, women were not simply 'angels in the home', keeping their distance, when compared with men, from the grime of the industrial revolution and the financial transactions which that involved. Social class had an impact in the City, and Quakers, for example, were important in the banking sector.

This conference aims to explore the impact of gender, social class, ethnicity, and religion on business success, fraud, funding, financial markets, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

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Keynote speaker: Dr Joel Greenberg

We are delighted to announce this year’s keynote will be given by author and historian Dr Joel Greenberg. His talk is entitled ‘The Business of Signals Intelligence’. Further details are available to download

Coleman Prize for Best PhD Dissertation 

Named in honour of the British business historian Donald Coleman (1920-1995), this prize is awarded annually by the Association of Business Historians to recognise excellence in new research in Britain. It is open to PhD dissertations in Business History (broadly defined) either having a British subject or completed at a British university. Entry is now closed.


Early Bird registration is now open and will close on Monday 4th June. From Tuesday 5th June £50 will be added to each package except the accompanying person options. The conference fee includes refreshments, lunches and materials.

Booking closes on Friday 22nd June.

Additional guests are welcome at the conference dinner and the trip to Bletchley Park, please use the booking button below.

Open University staff should register using the OU Staff option.

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Please note that this button will take you through to our external Eventbrite booking page, with all ticket options available.

If you prefer to pay by invoice, please contact us.


Delegates should make their own arrangements for accommodation. The Hilton Milton Keynes and Kents Hill Park are a short walk from The Open University. The Hilton is the closest to the University, Kents Hill is slightly further away. Both currently have available rooms (none specifically reserved for the conference).

Hotel Information Things to do in Milton Keynes

Travel advice

Comprehensive travel advice to The Open University is available.

In addition to the public bus services to and from The Open University to Milton Keynes Central Station, Souls Coaches operates a peak hour station shuttle bus. The shuttle service runs directly to the station (15 minutes). Further information and a timetable is available online.

Taxis are available outside the station, however a pre-booked service is likely to be cheaper. Some taxi company phone numbers are listed online.

Cancellation Policy

This is a non-refundable event. No refund will be given to delegates who cancel at any time or fail to attend.

Tony Slaven Workshop

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) will hold its seventh annual Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop on 28 June 2018, immediately preceding the 2018 ABH Annual Conference held in Milton Keynes. PhD Students are encouraged to apply to attend the Workshop.