Join BAMS for a spring weekend in the beautiful city of Chester. At every turn you’ll discover the city’s rich history, from the Roman amphitheatre, to the mediaeval and Victorian half-timbered buildings. The attractive streets wind down to the River Dee, and the historic city walls lead you on a fascinating walk – taking in the 1000-year-old cathedral and the ornate Eastgate clock.
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 and dinner at the hotel. Our dining suite will allow the medals to be appreciated throughout our first evening.
Saturday morning activities will be held at The Grosvenor Museum, where curator Elizabeth Montgomery will introduce us to the collections there. The museum has a wonderful collection of Roman tombstones recovered from the city walls, and a splendid silver gallery featuring Chester silversmithing and hallmarking. The museum also has work by Michael Sandle, who once attended classes in what was the Art School at the top of the building. The museum is to mount a display of medals from its collection, supplemented by medals from BAMS, to coincide with the conference. Our morning lectures will include a talk by Tom Hockenhull, (the British Museum’s Curator of Medals and Modern Money) about the intriguing Czech sculptor and medallist Marie Uchytilová-Kučová. The AGM and lunch will be held at the museum before we learn more about the City of Chester and its Guilds and Freemen, either with a guided walk – for those who wish to see more of the city on foot (numbers limited) – or with a corresponding seated talk, to be held at the museum. On Saturday evening, we will have drinks and dinner in the Gothic Revival splendour of the Council Chamber of Chester Town Hall. Dining in this magnificent building promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The traditional Sunday workshop will be held at Grosvenor Museum and will be led by Kate Harrison and Sue Aperghis (current BAMS New Medallist)
We very much look forward to seeing you in historic Chester.