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.
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.
The OMRS announces the publication of two new books: The Ashantee Medal 1873-74 to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines by Nick Tucker and Surgeons of the Royal Navy in the First World War by Simon Jonathan Eyre, will both be available at Convention.
The membership renewal period has now closed. Members who have not yet renewed their membership can do so by contacting the Membership Secretary.
The September 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.
Attendance up by 30 per cent as OMRS members back Convention move. The decision by the OMRS to move the annual Convention out of London for the first time has been strongly backed by its members. Attendance at its new location in Stratford-upon-Avon soared by 30 per cent to over 420, while numbers at the Convention dinner almost doubled. The number of exhibitors was also up by 25%, with the Best in Show award being won by 16 year-old Alex Balm, and there was also increased support for the Sunday medal fair from dealers.
“We are absolutely delighted with the support that we have received for the move to Stratford-upon-Avon,” said Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, President of the OMRS. “Both the numbers who attended and the positive feedback that we have had from collectors and dealers since the Convention show that the decision to move to a new location in central England proved to be very justified and worthwhile.”
“This fresh start in a new location that is more accessible for the great majority of our members has been a great success and many members brought their partners with them to enjoy Stratford’s restaurants and visitor attractions. The Convention will return to the same hotel next year.”
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.
The Society has negotiated a special rate for accommodation at the Convention hotel. Full details of the rates and how to obtain them are given on the Accommodation page.
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.
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.
The OMRS announces a new publication: Queensland Police Bravery Merit Medal 1906-1917 by Chris Fagg OAM
Little was known about the rare Queensland Police Bravery Merit Medal when Chris Fagg began to research it in the mid-1980s. Three decades of painstaking work by Fagg, a former Australian police officer, over threehas resulted in the first complete roll of the 102 medals and four bars awarded to Queensland policemen during the medal’s short life from 1906 to 1917. As well as the roll, this new OMRS publication includes a history of the medal, full details of every incident for which it was awarded, photographs of many recipients and information about their other decorations and medals. This study of a previously long-forgotten award is a must for the bookshelves of those interested in Australian medals or police gallantry as well as a fascinating record of a turbulent time in the history of Queensland.
The book is available in a limited edition of 50 copies (softback only) and is priced at £5 to members (restricted to one copy each) and £10 to non-members, plus post and packing. The book can be ordered here
To see all books available from the Society please go to the shop