BAMS Weekend Conference

BAMS Weekend Conference

BAMS Weekend Conference


Chester 13th – 15th May 2022

BAMS at 40: A Weekend of Celebration!


We look forward to those joining us at the BAMS Conference as we mark the society’s 40th anniversary with a weekend in the beautiful city of Chester. At every turn you’ll discover the city’s rich history, from the Roman amphitheatre to the medieval and Victorian half-timbered buildings.  Explore the attractive streets which wind down to the River Dee or walk the historic city walls, taking in the 1000-year old cathedral and the ornate Eastgate clock. A walking tour is to be included as part of the programme, led by a guide with an interest in the city’s historic guilds.

Our weekend will begin with an opportunity to show and view medals at The Queen Hotel, close to Chester station, 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.  The dining suite layout will allow the medals to be viewed and appreciated throughout our first evening.

Saturday and Sunday morning activities will be held at The Grosvenor Museum, where curator Elizabeth Montgomery will introduce us to the collections there. The museum has an impressive collection of Roman tombstones recovered from the city walls, and a splendid silver gallery featuring Chester silversmithing and hallmarking. The museum also contains work by Michael Sandle, who once attended classes in what was the Art School at the top of the building. A highlight of our weekend will be a talk by Philip Attwood celebrating 40 years of BAMS and during the weekend, delegates will be able to view some of the medals which the society has commissioned since 1982.  Other speakers are set to include British Museum curators Tom Hockenhull and Richard Abdy and, given Chester’s rich Roman history, Richard’s talk on Roman medallions could not be more appropriate for our setting.

Chester racecourse should provide a most memorable dinner venue for our Saturday evening and our traditional hands-on Sunday workshop, will be led by Sue Aperghis (former BAMS New Medallist.)

The society’s AGM is to take place as part of the weekend on Saturday 14th May.

We very much look forward to seeing you in person in Chester!