New Publication Announced

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The Society is delighted to announce the publication of Norman Gooding’s new book Honours and Awards to Women The Royal Navy.

Norman Gooding is one of Britain’s leading experts on honours and awards to women, in addition to being a past President and a long-serving General Secretary of the Orders and Medals Research Society. Honours and Awards to Women The Royal Navy is his third work in a series of such books. Divided into sections on Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, the Voluntary Aid Detachments who assisted them, the Women’s Royal Naval Service and the Women’s Royal Naval Reserve, it contains the fruits of a lifetime’s research inone easy-to-use volume. There are full rolls of all honours bestowed on those who served in the separate women’s sections of the Royal Navy until these were absorbed into the main body of the service in modern times. There is also a list of those who received long service medals and a mass of information about campaign medals. The book is a unique reference work.

Available in late March 2017, 155mm x 234mm, soft bound with colour cover, 132 pages, numerous black and white illustrations, ISBN 978-0-9568266-9-5. This limited edition is priced at £5.00 to members (restricted to one copy each) and £10.00 to non-members, plus post and packing (UK – £2.10, Europe – £6.70, rest of the world – £9.50). Order and pay using credit and debit cards via the Society website: Members and non-members may also order by post with a cheque (made payable to ‘OMRS’) via the General Secretary (enquiries to: PO Box 6195, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 9JU, United Kingdom.

Dates for Convention 2017 Announced

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The dates for Convention 2017 have been announced. The OMRS annual Convention 2017 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford upon Avon on 16th-17th September. Full details to follow in the New Year.

Exhibits Reach New High

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Exhibitors turn out in force for Convention 2016 in Stratford upon Avon. Thirty exhibitions by members – an increase of six on 2015 – and four by museums and associations gave those attending plenty to look at and think about. The sheer quantity and quality of the exhibits made the judges’ job a pleasure and a challenge at the same time. In the end Best in Show award went to Alex Balm, who at 16 is one of the youngest members of the OMRS. His exhibition War and Speed told the fascinating story of the sporting and military exploits of racing drivers Kaye Don and Ernest Stapleton. The award for the best first time entry went to Stephen Lewis for a display of medals awarded to those who fought for the Finnish nation from 1917 to 1945. Full results from the competitive classes can be seen here.

Journal – March Edition

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The March edition of the OMRS Journal is now available. Members must ensure their email and 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.

OMRS Annual Convention 2017 Stratford-upon-Avon


OMRS Convention Returns to Stratford upon Avon. Booking now open. Following last year’s highly successful Convention, Convention will return to the Crowne Plaza in Stratford upon Avon. This year, Friday evening sees the introduction of a drinks reception to allow attendees to meet, talk and relax ahead of two days of grueling medal-related activities on Saturday and Sunday.

The full programme of speakers for Saturday 16th September will be announced shortly and Sunday 17th will see the return of the UK’s largest medal fair.

Booking is now open – click here to go to the booking form.

Members’ Choice Award Now Online

James Kemp receives his Members' Choice award from the Society's President, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork at the 2015 Convention

James Kemp’s Gold award and Members Choice winning exhibit goes online. After winning the Members’ Choice Award for a third time James Kemp kindly agreed to convert his exhibit into a format suitable for the website. Click here to see it.

Call For Exhibitors

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A huge amount of knowledge is held by members as a result of their research into their medals and collections. The aim of the Convention Exhibition is to encourage as many members as possible to exhibit in order to present their knowledge and share the results of their research with other members. We hope that as many members as possible will take part and hope they find the exhibition to be an enjoyable, but challenging, experience.

Exhibition Classes

To enable members to present their exhibits in the way most appropriate to the subject there are four exhibition classes available:

  • Open Class
  • Single Subject Class
  • Research Class
  • Non-Competitive Class

 Exhibitor Guidelines give clear guidance on exhibiting in each class.

Exhibitors should register to exhibit using the Convention Booking Form.

In addition to the formal exhibition classes, there is the coveted Members’ Choice award where members vote for the best exhibit.