OMRS 2017 Convention returned to Stratford upon Avon for another superb weekend of medal-related activities. 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.
As well as the exhibition, Saturday saw three high quality presentations from 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 and discussions continuing into the wee small hours.
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.