The main hotel for the 2018 Convention will be the Crowne Plaza Nottingham and is where all the Society social activities will be hosted.
The OMRS registration desk will be located in The Arcade area of the hotel and will be open from 19:30-20:30 on Friday 14th September.
Registration will take place in the main entrance of the Nottingham Conference Centre from 08:00 on Saturday 15th and from 07:00 on Sunday 16th September.
Friday 14th September
Early Registration and Informal Reception on Friday 14th 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 can then congregate in the adjacent bar where they can meet old friends and colleagues and make new contacts in a relaxed and convivial medallic atmosphere.
Saturday 15th September
There are two key parts to Saturday’s programme: the Programme of Presentations and the Exhibition.
This year the venue will be the Nottingham Conference Centre. 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 formal opening of the 2018 Convention and the first presentation will take place at 10:30am.
This years presenters are:
- Major John Monn will look at the history of Norwegian awards with particular emphasis on awards made to members of the British and Commonwealth forces during the Second World War. His main interest is in Norwegian orders, medals and decorations and, having worked in the Norwegian Chancellery, he has had plenty of opportunity to indulge his passion and has developed a deep knowledge of the subject.
- Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE will mark the centenary of the birth of the Royal Air Force with a talk entitled ‘Evolution and Creation of the Royal Air Force’. He will trace the early days of military air activities leading to the creation of an Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers, which in turn led to the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps, later amalgamated into the Royal Air Force.
- Paul Evans will look at the past and future of military archives. His talk will include the dispersal of regimental collections from MoD Hayes, digital search aids at MoD Glasgow, orphaned collections, regimental digitisation, the Suffolk Regiment Museum’s experience of outsourcing, the AMOT curatorial scheme and AMOT’s Great War Project.
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!
A revised copy of the OMRS Convention Exhibitor Guidelines 2018 will be available shortly.
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.
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 Royal Suite at the Crowne Plaza Nottingham. 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 16th 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 3:00pm.
The Society’s prestigious Medal Fair will be held at the Nottingham Conference Centre and is open to the public. Invited medal dealers, publishers and auctioneers will be trading and full refreshment facilities will be available.
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