2018 Convention a Great Success

Events at the first-ever Orders & Medals Research Society Convention to be held in Nottingham proved hugely popular with attendees with those on the Friday afternoon and evening attracting record numbers.

The visit to the Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum at Thoresby Park, near Newark – organised by Wayne Ratcliffe – was oversubscribed and needed a bigger bus to take the 42 members and guests who signed up for it. This was immediately followed by a packed Welcome Reception at the Convention Hotel, the Crowne Plaza. The reception was attended by 110 people, up from 85 in 2017, and the highest number since it became part of the OMRS Convention weekend.

The new venue, the Nottingham Conference Centre, a superb recently refurbished building in the heart of the city, was universally well received. The elegant glass roof provided a light and spacious area for exhibitors on Saturday and the OMRS Medal Fair on Sunday. The talks by Major John Monn on Norwegian awards, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork on the evolution of the Royal Air Force and Paul Evans on military archives, were well received and greatly aided by superb technical facilities. The arrangements for refreshments also went down well with the university-level pricing proving particularly popular.

The standard of exhibitions was once again extremely high with six exhibitors being awarded gold medals. The Best in Show trophy went to Howard Williamson for ‘The Annotated DCM Roll 1914-1920’, while the Best First-Time Exhibitor cup was jointly awarded to Terry Buckingham (‘One of the Worsley Boys’) and Danny Rees (‘A Hill in Korea’). Danny also secured the much-coveted Members’ Choice Award, voted for by those attending Convention on Saturday.

On Sunday there were 24 trade stands at the OMRS Medal Fair, a drop of five on 2017, but there was a distinct buzz in the room and dealers reported trading as being fair to very good.

The Orders and Medals Research Society is a UK-based organisation with a global membership dedicated to studying and collecting orders, decorations and medals and through research to preserving the memory of the men and women to whom they were awarded. The Society has 19 branches – ten in the UK and seven overseas - as well as specialist branches for those who collect ribbons or miniature medals. It publishes a quarterly Journal and books by its members. 

What Convention-goers said about Nottingham 2018.

"Aother successful Convention. The new exhibit venue was excellent - light and spacious - and the 'proper' lecture theatre much more appropriate. We also enjoyed the dinner, with food and service well up to standard Those who arrange and administrate the convention certainly work very hard at it and should be applauded for it. I'm already having thoughts regarding next year, and may go up on the Friday night, and stay over for the Saturday"

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. The venue in which the Convention is held is very light and airy, the light is natural coming in through a large glass roof (its not just bright lights) and this makes a nice difference. It also helps that this venue is only 100 yards from the hotel booked by the Convention committee for the Friday reception and dinner on Saturday"

"Thoroughly enjoyed the whole event from the start, including plenty of medals to look at and plenty of like-minded people to talk to about medals. The venue was light and airy and could not, to my mind, have been improved upon. Well done to the organisers for such a well organised event. Already looking forward to next year at the same venue"

"A great weekend with excellent company. The museum trip and drinks reception on Friday was a great ice breaker and chance to meet up with friends. Hotel was good and helpful staff, food was of an excellent standard. The Conference centre is just over the road from the hotel"