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SW Massive Open Space

July 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Back by popular demand!

Hosted by Kirsten McCarthy and Anna Curd
6  points

When: Saturday 1st July 2023
Timings: 9.30am arrival for prompt 10am start. Finish at 4.30pm
Location: Engineer’s House, BS8 3NB (some parking onsite)

Hot lunch is included! (all diets catered for but let us know if you have specific requirements so we can check)

Price: £65

What is Open Space?

For those that haven’t been to one of our very popular Open Space Events before it is an opportunity to come together with peers where, as a group, YOU set the timetable for the day. It’s great fun and a very valuable resource to talk about what YOU want to talk about.

Open Space was inspired by a coffee break – so often the best part of a conference or meeting, the coffee break is when you meet people you want to meet and talk about things that you have a passion for. In an Open Space this concept stretches throughout the whole day.

Open Space brings together people to discuss topics on a theme, in this case, interpreting. The agenda is spontaneously created by the people in the room, therefore the issues that are most important to the people attending will be included in the day.

This has been run four times in the South West region and is one of the most popular trainings we have ever run.

Feedback includes: “genius format”, “still talking to my colleagues about it” and “needs to be a national event”.


We have been talking to our friends in the Devon and Cornwall ASLI region and we have decided to run two Open Spaces per year, one in each region. This is Bristol’s turn.

In the spirit of networking and collaboration, we will therefore open up this Open Space to everyone. So, if you aren’t in the SW or D&C region, you are most welcome. Did you know Bristol is frequently voted the most awesome city on earth?* Come and have a look! (*This may not be factually true – but there’s only one way to find out!)

Languages used: BSL and English. The parts of the day that involve everybody will be in BSL. There will be lots of small group work so groups will self-monitor the communication needs of the participants and observers.

Free parking: 175 spaces over our 2 car parks plus 50 undercover bike racks and no 8 bus stops every 12 minutes outside front entrance to Engineer’s House from Temple Meads station and city centre.


July 1
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Engineers’ House
The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon
Bristol, BS8 3NB
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