OMRS News

24, September, 2018

XII European Conference of Phalerostics Societies took place Stockholm, Sweden between 25th to 27th May 2018.

A full report can be found on the Conventions page and in the September Journal.

19, September, 2018

Kent Branch have updated their programme of meetings through to the end of 2019.

The subjects coverd are across a wide spectrum of interest and include:

The Falklands War

The Army of India Medal

and

The Battle of Imphal 1944

 

14, September, 2018

Journals from 1973 to 2013 are now available to members via the research library link in your members area.

Clear instructions for their access are given with the ability to search specific criteria or browse the whole Journal

11, September, 2018

The popular Society book 'The Royal Observer Corps Medal' is available again due to member demand.

The Royal Observer Corps Medal by Richard Sirley is a complete history of this long service medal from its introduction in 1950 to when the corps stood down in 1995. All the recipients of this medal are listed together with details of when the award was made, any subsequent award of clasps, where the recipient served and any entitlement to other awards. The process of designing the medal, ribbon and clasp is fully described and illustrated. A brief history of the Royal Observer Corps explains how it developed and changed over the years to meet changing circumstances. The various badges worn by the Royal Observer Corps over the years are also described and illustrated. Many interesting groups of medals are illustrated and described in detail.

Paper bound with colour cover, 612 pages, 12 black and white illustrations, 19 plates.

The hard back edition of this book has now sold out, so we have decided to make the book available as a paperback through the print-on-demand service Lulu.com. Go to the shop page and follow the 'Print on Demand Books' link.

29, August, 2018

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, 6th October 2018, at 2.30pm in Conference Room B at The National Archives, Kew. Any member who wishes to enter a matter of business at the proceedings should send written notification to the General Secretary by Saturday, 22nd September 2018.

The following Executive Committee positions fall due for election at this AGM, with all time-expired member’s eligible for re-election: 

General Secretary

Treasurer

Elected Members: three for two years

Nomination forms are available from the General Secretary or the branch secretaries. The nomination forms require a proposer, seconder and the nominee’s consent to stand.

8, January, 2018
‘By Order Of Her Majesty’ The Crimea Medal - Cover Image

The Society is pleased to announce the continued avaliability of ‘By Order Of Her Majesty’ The Crimea Medal by Tony Martin, William Pickering and Arthur Satterley.

The Crimea Medal radically changed the entire process of both the manufacture and distribution of campaign medals forever. Awarding such medals in bulk was a relatively new concept anyway, but pressure from Queen Victoria to issue this one while the campaign in the Crimea was still being fought placed huge strains on those responsible for ensuring that soldiers and sailors received recognition. In the process this created problems for collectors which continue to this day because so many medals were issued unnamed. This fascinating study by a team of three authors looks at the institution of the medal and its clasps, the monarch’s influence, the manufacturing process and includes a detailed look at the naming – both official and unofficial – of the medal. It is the most comprehensive study of its kind ever undertaken and is a must for medal collectors and for anyone who is interested in the Crimean War. 

The hard back edition of this book has now sold out, so we have decided to make the book available as a paperback through the print-on-demand service Lulu.com, see here. Please note that the link will take you away from our website and you will need to order the book directly from Lulu.com.

20, September, 2017

The September edition of the OMRS Journal will be available soon. Members must ensure their email and/or postal address details are up to date in order to receive it.

To check your membership details log into the Members' Area, or if you have forgotten your details contact the Membership Secretary at Membership on the Contact page.

20, September, 2017

Convention exhibition breaks records in both quantity and quality - Head Judge Dr Richard Emsley said 'the judges knew they had their work cut out based on the increase in numbers, but when we saw the quality we knew we were going to have tough day. When you see a top class exhibit, doing justice to the effort put in weighs heavily on the whole judging team'.

The quality of the exhibis showed through with 13 out of 29 competitive exhibits being awarded gold medals.

The Best in Show award went to Mark Collins (pictured above receiving his trophy from OMRS President, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork) – better known in the medal collecting fraternity as ‘Taff’ - for his superbly researched exhibit ‘Long Service & Good Conduct Medals to the 41st (The Welsh) Regiment 1830-1881’. For this he had compiled a nominal roll of recipients with biographies and medal entitlements.

The best first-time exhibitor was Meurig Jones with ‘British Empire Casualties of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902’.

Members attending the Convention selected Alan Seldon’s ‘Executed as British Spies in World War One’ for the members' Choice Award. This superb exhibition about Belgians executed by the Germans for working for the British between 1914 and 1918 exemplified the high standard of research on show this year.

But probably the biggest cheer of the day was for the announcement that Lionel Digby, who has exhibited at every Convention since the event was founded in 1978, had won his first-ever Gold Medal. ‘The Moonlight Charge’ featured medals and militaria from his magnificent Household Cavalry collection.

A full listing of exhibits and results will follow.

20, September, 2017
Exhibition Area 2017 Convention

“An excellent Convention which must rank as one of the very best yet” OMRS President, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE sums up the 2017 OMRS annual Convention. 

The huge 30 per cent increase in attendance recorded last year when the Convention moved out of London for the first time to Stratford-upon-Avon was maintained this year. Despite 2016 being a tough act to follow, overall attendance went up from 415 to 427 with people coming from around the world. In 2015 – the final year in the capital – the number had dropped to 325.

The Convention began with a reception for members and guests – a new event – at the hotel on Friday evening. This proved extremely popular with 86 people attending and many of them continued their discussions in the hotel bar or nearby restaurants. It helped create a buzz that lasted throughout the weekend.

The increase in the number and quality of exhibitions on the Saturday was immediately apparent. The overall number of exhibits went up by 17.5 per cent to 40. The vast majority of these – 35 – were staged by Society members, an increase of 20.5 per cent. Only a few years ago the tradition of exhibiting at the OMRS Convention appeared to be in terminal decline, but has since recovered due to the introduction of the new format and standardised exhibiting criteria.

Speakers at this year’s Convention were David Langrish, Head of Public History at The National Archives, on ‘Commemorating Conscription: Papers of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal’, Gurinder Singh Mann, Director of the Sikh Museum Initiative, on ‘Anglo-Sikh Wars: A Journey into Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK’, and James Davies from the Ministry of Defence Medals Office, on ‘Honouring History and Inspiring the Future.’

The dinner on Saturday night proved popular with 111 attending.

At the Sunday Medal Fair the number of dealers increased slightly from 29 to 30 despite the withdrawal of three regulars who wanted to come but were unable to get to the event.

29, August, 2017

The Honours and Awards Sub-Committee is accepting proposals from members to honour members who have made a significant contribution to the Society and to realising its aims.

Following a major review in 2016 of the Society's honours system, the Society now has three honours: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Commendation Medal.  Nominations for all the awards may be made by any member in good standing.  Such nominations must be seconded by two other members and accompanied by a statement of the nominee’s service.  All nominations are considered by the Honours sub-committee, which meets annually in July.

The Distinguished Service Medal shall be awarded only to those who have been in membership for a period of not normally less than 15 years, and who have a record of distinguished and voluntary service to the Society.

The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members and non-members for highly meritorious service to the Objects of the Society.

The Commendation Medal may be awarded to members and non-members for meritorious service to the Objects of the Society.

The Honours sub-committee:

The Honours sub-committee may recommend up to three Gold Medals and six Awards of Merit in anyone year. Award nominations may be submitted at any time, but the cut-off date for awards to be made at Convention is 31st May. Nominations should be sent direct to the President, who chairs the Honours sub-committee.  For further information see By-Law No. 2.

 

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