Annual BAMS conference 2018 – Belfast

Annual BAMS conference 2018 – Belfast

Annual BAMS conference 2018 – Belfast



Join BAMS for the society’s first visit to Northern Ireland,  Belfast & Armagh, Friday 6th – Sunday 8th April

The weekend will begin with an opportunity to show and view medals at The Wellington Park Hotel, 21 Malone Road, Belfast, which will be the base for residential delegates.

Delegates are invited to bring medals to display (at their own risk) during a pre-dinner drinks reception followed by dinner at the hotel on our first evening.

Our Saturday morning activities will begin at nearby Ulster Museum (a 5 minute walk from the hotel) where we will be welcomed by curator Fiona Byrne.

Talks during the morning will include Ian d’Alton on French medallic portraiture 1830-1930 – a century of great change, and Frances Simmons and Danuta Solowiej, who will give an insight into the Denman and Rainey medals and celebrating success through modern medallic commissions. After the AGM and lunch, delegates will journey to the City of Armagh by coach for what promises to be a very memorable afternoon.

On arrival in Armagh, we will visit the Church of Ireland Cathedral for a sculpture-based tour led by the Dean of Armagh, The Very Reverend Gregory Dunstan. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating museum at No. 5 Vicars’ Hill, once the Registry of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh which is situated alongside the cathedral.

After taking tea with the Dean, we will visit the nearby Armagh Public Library, the oldest of its kind in Northern Ireland, founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson.  As Keeper of the Armagh Robinson Library, The Dean will give an introduction to the library. Mark Jones will then talk about the fascinating collection of Louis XIV replica medals held in the library’s collection.

Evening drinks will be held at Armagh County Museum allowing delegates to enjoy the fascinating displays there with curator Sean Barden.  We will then dine in a nearby restaurant before returning to Belfast by coach, leaving Armagh at around 8.45pm.

On Sunday morning we will again be based at Ulster Museum Belfast, where German artist Anna Martha Napp will talk about her work. Abigail Burt will then lead the traditional BAMS workshop. A buffet lunch will be served before delegates depart between 1.30 and 2pm.

To book your place, please return the 2018 delegates booking form with your cheque to Janet Larkin, or order online:

Full residential fee – £290 per person (includes includes all lunches, dinners and events, along with Friday and Saturday night B&B accommodation at The Wellington Park Hotel).

Non-residential fee – £140 per person (includes all lunches, dinners and events)

The full programme will be sent to delegates in advance.

Please note that in view of the distances that some members will need to travel in order to attend the 2018 conference, BAMS is setting aside some funds from the small surplus made from previous conferences to help with travel expenses. Please note that this offer is available only to members attending the full conference as full fee paying residential delegates. Any member wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity should contact the BAMS Treasurer,  Rob Lansman by 19 February at [email protected]

The funds will be allocated by the BAMS Treasurer, whose decision will be final.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Northern Ireland, where a warm welcome is assured!