The OMRS registration desk will be located in the main foyer of the Crowne Plaza, Straford-upon-Avon, and will be open from 19:30 - 20:30 on Friday 15th September, from 08:00 on Saturday 16th and from 07:00 on Sunday 17th September.
Friday 15th September
Early Registration and Informal Reception on Friday 15th September at 7.30pm.
Members are cordially invited to collect their Convention Badges from the OMRS registration desk in the hotel on the Friday evening between 19:30 - 20:30. Members will then be directed to a private reception area where they can meet old friends and colleagues and make new contacts in a relaxed and convivial medallic atmosphere.
Saturday 16th September
There are two key parts to Saturday’s programme: the Exhibition and the Programme of Presentations. The venue will be open to exhibitors from 07:30 to allow them to set up their displays and is open to members from 10:00.
The Exhibition of Members’ Displays is arguably the most important part of the Convention, as this is where members have the greatest opportunity to learn from each other and to discuss research in depth and in detail. During the course of the day there will be many animated discussions around the exhibition tables.
Displays by members can focus on many groups, family stories, a single medal or even just a ribbon, yet each manages to entertain and inform. If there is one single reason to go along to Convention, it is to see the exhibitor displays and share in their collection.
This year, exhibits will be shown in each of the following categories:
- Open Class
- Single Class (Group or single medal to one person)
- Research Project
- Non-Competitive exhibit
In the competitive classes, gold, silver and bronze awards will be made based on the Society’s judges’ assessment of the exhibit. Awards will also be made for Best in Show and for Best First Time Exhibitor.
In addition, to the formally judged classes, the Members’ Choice Award, for the exhibit considered by the membership to be the best exhibit will be awarded. The criteria for this much covetted award is simple: vote for the exhibit that you consider the best. Don’t forget to collect your voting slip on the day!
Please click on the link for a copy of the OMRS Convention Exhibitor Guidelines 2017
The programme of presentations is:
James Davies - The Ministry of Defence Medal Office – Honouring History and Inspiring the Future.
James is a member of Defence Business Services and is part of the Business Development Team at the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and the Ministry of Defence Medals Office (MODMO).
The JCCC is the authority for casualty and compassionate management in respect of members of the British Armed Forces and helps service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. The MODMO is the single focal point in the defence sector for all matters relating to the issue of medals and clasps and Davis’ role involves supplier liaison and quality assurance of medal stock. For the first time he has created technical specifications for all medals.
David Langrish - Commemorating Conscription: Papers of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal.
David is the head of the Public History Team at The National Archives in Kew and has a keen interest in military history. He is a military records specialist and co-led the project to digitise the surviving papers of First World War Military Tribunals, mainly made up of those from the Middlesex County Appeal Tribunal. Papers from these tribunals, which heard appeals against military call-up, provide a unique insight into how conscription and the wider war effort impacted households and local communities and can provide vital information for those researching medal recipients.
Gurinder Singh Mann - Anglo-Sikh Wars; a Journey into Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK
Gurinder is a Leicester-born Sikh scholar and historian and is Director of the Sikh Museum Initiative. He is also convenor of the annual International Sikh Research Conference and has discovered and researched many Sikh artefacts. He curated the recent exhibition Anglo-Sikh Wars; Battles, Treaties and Relics at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester, which attracted over 10,000 visitors. His talk at the OMRS Convention will discuss the wars which took place between the Sikh empire and the Honourable East India Company between 1845 and 1849. As well as looking at relics and artefacts brought back to Britain after the annexation of the Punjab and will also consider the types of medals issued to British soldiers.
There will also be the opportunity to bring your queries and seek advice from organisations including:
- The National Museum of the Royal Navy
- The Household Cavalry Museum
- The Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum
Speak with leading experts: A number of respected Society Members have offered their services to be available for consultation on a variety of wide-ranging subjects.
There is a dedicated tea and coffee station set up in the Atrium area where you will be able to purchase tea and coffee. Soup and sandwiches will also be available to purchase during the lunch break or you can go to the café terrace bar overlooking the river.
Presentation of Society Awards
At 4pm Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE, the Society’s President, will make the awards for the Members’ Exhibits and this will be followed by the announcement of the annual Society’s Honours.
The informal Annual Dinner will once again be held on Saturday, 7 pm for 7.30 pm, in the hotel’s conference suite. The Dinner is always a truly international affair as every table is an eclectic mix of British and overseas members so in addition to having a good meal with fine wines, provided by one of our generous sponsors, you will have the opportunity to make some great introductions and interesting conversations. Jacket and tie is the minimum requirement, however for those who wish to wear black tie or mess dress, please feel free to do so. Last year a number of people brought medals to the dinner and these provided lively discussion points between courses. Please feel free to bring interesting medals or materials with you to share with the rest of your table.
Sunday 17th September
For pre-registered members doors open 9.30 am . Members paying on the day and the general public will be admitted from 10:30 am. The medal fair will close at 03:00pm.
The Society’s prestigious Medal Fair will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon and is open to the public. Invited medal dealers, militaria dealers, publishers and auctioneers will be trading and full hotel facilities will be available.
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