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Speakers announced for OMRS convention

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The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon on 16 – 17 September 2017.

It is the second year that the Convention has been held outside London and the hotel venue is the same as 2016. All the talks will take place on Saturday 16 September when there will also be exhibitions and experts will be on hand to provide advice.

James Davies, of Defence Business Services is part of the Business Development Team at the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and the Ministry of Defence Medals Office (MODMO). He will give a talk entitled, ‘The Ministry of Defence Medal Office – Honouring History and Inspiring the Future.’ The JCCC is the authority for casualty and compassionate management in respect of  members of the British Armed Forces and helps service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. The MODMO is the single focal point in the defence sector for all matters relating to the issue of medals and clasps and Davis’ role involves supplier liaison and quality assurance of medal stock. For the first time he has created technical specifications for all medals.

David Langrish is the head of the Public History Team at The National Archives in Kew and has a keen interest in military history Langrish, a military records specialist, co-led the  project to digitise the surviving papers of First World War Military Tribunals, mainly made up of those from the Middlesex County Appeal Tribunal. Papers from these tribunals, which heard appeals against military call-up, provide a unique insight into how conscription and the wider war effort impacted households and local communities and can provide vital information for those researching medal recipients. Langrish’s talk is entitled, ‘Commemorating Conscription: Papers of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal.’

Gurinder Singh Mann is a Leicester-born Sikh scholar and historian who is Director of the Sikh Museum Initiative. He is also convenor of the annual International Sikh Research Conference and has discovered and researched many Sikh artefacts. He curated the recent exhibition Anglo-Sikh Wars; Battles, Treaties and Relics at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester, which attracted over 10,000 visitors. His talk at the OMRS Convention, entitled Anglo-Sikh Wars; a Journey into Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK, will discuss the wars which took place between the Sikh empire and the Honourable East India Company between 1845 and 1849. As well as looking at relics and artefacts brought back to Britain after the annexation of the Punjab, it will also consider the types of medals issued to British soldiers.

While the Saturday event on 16 September is purely for members of the Society and their guests, anyone can attend the OMRS Medal Fair on Sunday 17 September. The world’s leading medal dealers and auction houses will be attending the Fair at the Crowne Plaza, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6YR. Free parking is available.

If you have any queries about the Convention please contact Afion Media Ltd on 01451 830129 or e-mail omrsconvention2017@afionmedia.com

 

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