In a letter to all OMRS members Robin Thomas, Orders and Medals Research Society President has made the following announcement regarding the Convention due to be held in Bristol in September.
It is with great regret that I am writing to advise that your Committee has taken the decision to cancel our annual Convention, scheduled for 11-13 September at the Bristol Marriott.
This decision has not been an easy one, but the welfare of our Members and Convention attendees is paramount. In such an uncertain time, we are unable to predict when it will be possible to bring people together again, particularly in the number that attend Convention. While it is possible events will be allowed to take place by September, we had to take this decision now, before we have to commit to the costs associated with running the event; in particular the venue, for which we would soon be liable for considerable cancellation fees. The cost of cancelling an event closer to the time would be much greater than it is at present.
In addition, I know that many of you planning to exhibit start work almost as soon as the previous Convention has ended. We therefore wanted to inform you as soon as possible, rather than let you do all the hard work only to cancel much closer to the time.
Organising Convention takes most of the year. As you will appreciate, obtaining commitments from speakers, sponsors, security and volunteers is not possible when no one has any idea how long the current situation will last.
However, we are here for you at this unprecedented time, keep an eye on our website, social media channels and emails for further information.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Happy collecting.
Robin Thomas President