While significant uncertainty remains about how the twists and turns of the Covid-19 pandemic will play-out, the OMRS has understandably taken the decision not to go ahead with a physical Convention. However, just as with a physical Convention we are going to hold a series of talks with some from Guest speakers and other from members talking aboit their interests.
The format for this year's Convention is that it will take place over three weekends and will consist of a series of recorded talks that will go out on the two weekends preceeding the Convention weekend as well as on Convention weekend itself. The Guest speakesr are:
David Erskine-Hill, Curator, The Lord Ashcroft Collection: The Lord Ashcroft Collection;
Nicola Nash, Ministry of Defence: The Work of the MoD Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre - ‘The War Grave Detectives’;
Mark Smith MA, Consultant, A.H. Baldwins & Sons: Stolen Valour - The Derbyshire Medal Fraud Case;
The Member's talks will be given by:
Mike Atkinson,The Brave Cuirassier, a Napoleonic Legion d'Honneur
Paul Brewster, British South Africa Police Meritorious Service Medals 1914-1980
with others waiting confirmation.
After last year's successful virtual exhibition, we are going to hold it again. A virtual exhibition is still a relatively new concept, but it offers scope for Members to present their research in a wide variety of innovative formats and to show their research to a much wider audience as all members will have the opportunity to view the exhibits, not just those who attend Convention, and, importantly, it allows us all to continue to indulge ourselves in our passion.
For members who would like to enter an exhibit the Key Dates and the Rules can be found HERE:
A virtual exhibit is a new and strange format for almost everyone and, because of this, and in order to encourage as many members as possible to have a go, there will be no classes of entry and the exhibits will not be ‘judged’. However, Members will still be able to cast their vote for the Members’ Choice Award and, in addition, there will be a prize, again voted for by the Members, for the Best Use of Technology – note this doesn’t mean the most complex or advanced use of technology, but the one that was most effective in making the exhibit work and tell its story.
The key times and dates for Members for this year's Convention are:
11th September – The first set of Convention talks will be released and the virtual exhibition goes live on the Members section of the OMRS website and voting opens. This allows two weeks for Members to work their way through the exhibits and cast their votes.
18th September - The second set of talks will be released.
25th September – The second set of talks will be released and at 15:00 voting closes on the exhibition and the results announced later in the afternoon (time TBC).
If you have any questions about entering the virtual exhibition and the new format please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are probably not the only person thinking about the issue!