Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

latest news

1st May 2019

BritizenCon 2019 Retrospective

Our organisers have written up a retrospective of the event. You can still buy 2019 merch from that page as well as see a gallery of photos from BritizenCon 2019. Videos will be up soon and will also be found on that page.

BritizenCon 2019 T-shirt

30th Apr 2019

BritizenCon 2019 is Over!

Our event is over for another year. Thank you all for attending or watching on Twitch. All video content is being compiled offline and will hopefully be available on our YouTube channel over the next couple of weeks. If you would like to help support BritizenCon, please consider buying our merch or giving a donation. All funds go towards the running of the event and help us to continue running into the future.

25th Apr 2019

Final Schedule Announced

Our finalised schedule is now available! Check out further down this page for more information on our pre and post event BarCitizens as well as the dogfighting competition, the raffle, and the four panels we will have during the course of the day!

Freelancer Max - JRDF

11th Mar 2019

VIP Tickets Sold Out!

All our VIP Tickets have now sold out! There are still our Standard, Premium and Premium Plus tiers available and there will be more opportunities to get hold of exclusive goodies on the day.

Just to tease you all on what the VIP Ticket holders will be getting, here is what the JRDF Freelancer Max model looks like.

Tim Welch

9th Mar 2019

Tim Welch!

Tim is the Studio Manager at CIG’s Wilmslow office and will be joining us in April!


Please note: All guests appear subject to work and life commitments and so panel line-ups may change at short notice.

Dev Panel 1 - Challenges and Hurdles

Derek Senior

Programming Director

Brian Chambers

Development Director

Tim Welch

Studio Manager, Wilmslow Office

David Gill

Principal UI Programmer

Dev Panel 2 - Design and Inspiration

Luke Pressley

Lead Designer

Cory Bamford

Senior Props Artist

Luan Vetoreti

Environment Artist


Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road
Manchester M3 4FP
The Museum of Science and Industry is ideally located in terms of accessibility in Manchester, along with being near a large variety of hotels, hostels and other places to stay. The Museum itself is free to enter by all our guests prior to and during the event.


Our exhibitors

SpecialEffect Logo

We are pleased to announce that SpecialEffect will be returning for BritizenCon 2019. SpecialEffect are the gamers charity who put the fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

SpecialEffect will be available in the exhibitor hall for you to find out more about the valuable work they do in bringing gaming to people to whom it was previously inaccessible.

SpecialEffect is the Oxfordshire based charity that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of severely disabled people, including stroke, traumatic injury, life-limiting conditions and injured soldiers. Their mission is to empower anyone – whatever their disability – to participate, aiding rehabilitation, self-esteem and vital inclusion.

JR Design & Fabrication

JR Design & Fabrication

JR Design & Fabrication Ltd.

JR Design & Fabrication Ltd will be returning for BritizenCon 2019 as exhibitors and will be available in our exhibitor hall. JRDF were first seen at BritizenCon 2017 and are now well known among the Star Citizen community for their work on show at CitizenCon over the last two years.

JR Design & Fabrication Ltd are also responsible for the 3D printed Freelancer Max model available exclusively with our VIP ticket tier. These will be available for collection, by those who bought this tier, from their stand at the event.

Xi'an Workshop

Star Citizen Chris Harrow will be joining us with his Xi’an workshop.

Xi'an workshop at CON42

Republic of Lorell

The Republic of Lorell is a Role Playing Organisation within Star Citizen. It features a complex lore, opportunities for text-based RP and a community spirit devoted to helping its members to realise their full potential. Lorell has members from all over the world and from a variety of different backgrounds.

The organisation will have a table in the Bar Room where they will have some trinkets and original artwork for sale.


Below is the final schedule for the event, however there may be a little flex in the times on the day.
  • 11:00 - Event opens.
  • 11:30 - Competition Hall - Competition heats start.
  • 13:00 - Main Hall - Welcome address.
  • 13:15 - Main Hall - Dev Panel 1: Challenges and Hurdles.
  • 14:30 - Main Hall - JR Design & Fabrication Panel.
  • 15:45 - Main Hall - Dev Panel 2: Design and Inspiration.
  • 17:00 - Main Hall - SpecialEffect Panel.
  • 18:00 - Competition Hall and Main Hall - Competition Finals followed by Prize Giving.
  • 18:30 - Main Hall - Raffle.
  • 18:45 - Main Hall - Closing Address.
  • 19:00 - Close + Pub.
With the exception of when the Dev panels are on, we plan to run the competitions and panels concurrently in two separate areas. This will allow attendees to watch whichever interests them more.

There is no cosplay competition this year but the wearing of cosplay is encouraged if you wish to do so. BritizenCon is an Armistice Zone. Attendees must not bring any weapons or anything that looks like a weapon to the event.

Short Film Showcase
If you have a fan film (up to 10 mins) that you wish to be shown at BritizenCon, please put them on YouTube and send us a link through our Contact Form. Ensure that the video is either public or unlisted. All videos will be vetted before being shown.

pre-event BarCitizen

That’s right, we’re holding a ‘Pre-BritizenCon BarCitizen’ on Friday 26th April at Brewhouse & Kitchen from about 6.30pm till late!

We did write an all inspiring paragraph about why you should come along and join in the festivities. How you’d get to rub shoulders with some of the F42 team responsible for making the BDSSE and how you can meet some of the game’s best-known content creators. But at the end of the day, we figured the main reason you’d want to join us is rather more simple; they serve food and beer!

Whatever your motivations, make sure you’re in Wilmslow on Friday 26th April for the Pre-BritizenCon BarCitizen. This is a free event that anyone can attend, even those not coming to BritizenCon. Of course, we’d love for you to join us the following morning for the main event, too.


At BritizenCon this year we will, once again, be running the UK Dogfight Championship! Competitors are requested to turn up promptly at 11am to register and so that we can start the tournament as soon as possible. There will be prizes for the winner and runner ups and the winner will be awarded a free ticket to the next BritizenCon where they will be invited to defend their title.

Competitions are an area we aim to improve year on year for the foreseeable future.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Alpha nature of the game and that crashes will most likely happen, we will deal with these as fairly and as promptly as we can on the day.


The raffle has now, of course, become a key feature of every BritizenCon event and we are delighted that we will have an even better one this year. Foundry 42 UK have, once again, donated another 6′ x 4′ concept art canvas print, signed by the team. Please note that the winner of this fantastic prize will need to pay for and organise shipping.

We have one, just one, 3D printed Freelancer Max model, from our VIP tier, by JR Design & Fabrication Ltd, available for a lucky winner.

We are also delighted to announce that there will be prizes donated by SpecialEffect and some Moose Juice goodies from our new sponsor: Muscle Moose!

Not only does buying raffle tickets give you a chance of winning fabulous prizes, but all the money raised goes directly into supporting BritizenCon!


As in previous years we will be holding a BarCitizen after the event. This year, it will be at Lock 91, from 7pm. It’s just a short walk from the venue (and we mean much shorter than the hike to the pub in previous years!).


Please note! BritizenCon 2019 is over! We hope you had an enjoyable time. Keep an eye on this website for more information for future BritizenCon events.


What is BritizenCon?

BritizenCon is the unofficial annual UK Star Citizen fan convention. It is unofficial in that Cloud Imperium Games have no involvement in the organising of the event however they do encourage their staff to attend (and many do).

In early 2015, there was talk within the UK fan-base of organising a large, national meet up of Star Citizen fans. It would be a gathering in a pub somewhere in Manchester where we could just socialise for a day and talk Star Citizen. That meet up never materialised as planning was overtaken by CitizenCon occurring in Manchester that year. The energy felt at that CitizenCon solidified the feeling that there needed to be an annual UK event. And so BritizenCon was born.

Our first event took place in July 2016. It was a great success and planning started immediately for our second event in April 2017. BritizenCon 2019 will be our fourth event.