Weekend Conference, Rochester, Kent, Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April 2019
“It has a long straggling High Street, with a great black and white clock at a small red Town Hall, halfway up – a market place – a cage – and assembly room – a church – a bridge – a chapel – a theatre – a library – an inn – a pump – and a post office.”
Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz.
Join BAMS as we visit the historic city of Rochester which so inspired Dickens.
The weekend will begin with an opportunity to show and view medals at The Bridgewood Manor Hotel in nearby Chatham, 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.
Our Saturday morning we will take a coach into the city of Rochester to begin our day at The Huguenot Museum, the only museum of Huguenot history in the country. Director Dinah Winch will welcome delegates and introduce us to collections revealing the story of Britain’s first refugees and the skills they brought to the UK.
The morning lectures will feature talks by Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at The British Museum, on the subject of émigré medallists in Britain, and by Dutch sculptor Geer Steyn on the subject of two medals dedicated to early Dutch emigration into Queensland, Australia. The AGM will be followed by lunch at the museum. Delegates are then invited to take a guided walking tour of this small and very picturesque city. We will finish the walk at Rochester cathedral for a well-earned afternoon tea followed by a tour of this magnificent building. Early evening drinks will be held at the Guildhall Museum where we will be welcomed by the curator Steve Nye. Dinner will be taken in the 14th century vaults beneath a nearby pub, The George Vaults.
On Sunday we will again make the coach journey to our base at The Huguenot Museum where two students from the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester will talk about their work and their involvement in the BAMS student medal project. This will be followed by the traditional BAMS workshop lead by Danuta Solowiej on the theme of embossing. Lunch will be taken at the museum before delegates depart at 2pm.
To book your place, please return the 2018 delegates booking form with your cheque to Janet Larkin, or order online:
Full residential fee – £260 per person.
Non-residential fee – £145 per person (includes all lunches, dinners and events)
The full programme will be sent to delegates in advance.
Please note that places are strictly limited by the capacity at our venues. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
Bookings and payments must be received by 8th March at latest when bookings will close. All bookings will be acknowledged.
We very much look forward to seeing you in the delightful city of Rochester.