Britannia Show - next show November 17
The Britannia Medal Fair has been in existence, in one form or another, for over 25 years and is now firmly established as a favourite on the "circuit". Unlike so many other fairs up and down the country every weekend Britannia is a purist medal show, you won't find any guns, ammunition, knives, helmets or uniforms on offer at Britannia - just medals, medals and more medals - maybe with a few books on medals thrown in too!
Held in the Carisbrooke Hall at the Victory Services Club (VSC), Seymour Street, London (just off Marble Arch) the fair was taken over by the MEDAL NEWS team in March 2009 after the previous organisers decided to call it a day. The inaugural show was a great success and it looks like Britannia is back with a vengeance. Currently there are plans for two shows a year - one in March and one in November - although that may change in the future - check back on this page for updates!
Many people have argued that in this day and age - with so much being traded on the internet - the Medal Fair is a relic of the past - why bother getting up early and making a tiring journey when you can collect from the comfort of your home? That may be true but for many there can be no substitute for getting out there and actually handling the medals before you buy them. There can be no substitute for examining the medals first hand, checking the naming, feeling their weight, just "knowing" that they are right. You can't get that feeling from a picture on a screen or a description in a catalogue, you only get it by being there with the medals - there really isn't a substitute for actually holding that little piece of history in your hands. Of course there's no real substitute for actually meeting, and talking to, fellow collectors either. Other media are great for keeping in touch but nothing beats that face to face time with people just as crazy about this hobby as you are!
The Britannia show is a fantastic place to come and meet some of those crazy people - with free parking in most of the side streets on a Sunday and easy access from Marble Arch tube it's not a chore to get to and the catering facilities are excellent (or there are pubs and restaurants close by where you can grab a bite to eat the cuisine at the VSC doesn't appeal!) Ex and current servicemen and women can also avail themselves of the Club's facilities at preferred rates if they so wish - so why not come down the night before? Apparently they have and fabulous breakfast on offer!
Britannia is the MEDAL NEWS show for MEDAL NEWS readers - together we can make it a great success - we hope to see you there - check our news page for dates and lists of dealers attending.
The date for the next show is Sunday November 17 starting at 9.30am and ending at 2.00pm- see you there
Medal News Headlines
- Stolen BEMFri, 3 May 2013
On Thursday 2 May 2013, a British Empire Medal awarded to Vernon Harold Sellwood for bravery in the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1941 was stolen from the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. His name is engraved along the edge of the medal. Any information relating to this theft would be gratefully received.
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- The Mighty HoodMon, 29 April 2013
- Happy Birthday to us!
I MAKE no excuses for writing this month’s Editorial as one long “congratulations” to Token Publishing Ltd (and myself if I’m honest), as this month (April 2013—it may be the May issue but we are always a little ahead of ourselves) marks no less than 30 years since T
- Sad lossWed, 24 April 2013
- It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of the UK’s most popular medal dealers, Fred Walland. Fred was a well known face at many leading fairs and in particular the Britannia Medal Fair which he originally founded with Malcolm and Jeannie Gordon. A pioneer of the hobby of medal coll
- Medal Theft in GleadlessWed, 3 April 2013
South Yorkshire Police have informed us of a large collection going missing from a house in Gleadless, Sheffield in March - the collection, which includes Victorian campaign (NGS, MGS, Mutiny, Crimea and more) right up to WWII is beginning to appear on the market now and the police are asking us