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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

2007 Programme


Obviously, the Programmes for past years have been and gone, but it can be useful and interesting to refer to what has been as well as to look up what is to be. So, to that end, we provide an archive.

4th January 2007

One of the larger-than-life characters of the Industrial Revolution was John Wilkinson, self-styled Iron Master. Chris Leather will provide a potted history of "Iron Mad Wilkinson" his fascination with iron boats, iron buildings and even iron coffins. Oh, and quite a few copper tokens, too.


1st February 2007

Forgeries, fakes and counterfeits have been a feature of coinage since the earliest days. Whether it is a dodgy pound in your pocket, or that incredible bargain you have just 'won' on an internet auction, "Forgeries"  are all around us. Graham Jones will be taking a closer look...


1st March 2007

The distribution of money to the poor on Maundy Thursday is a unique ceremony, made especially so by the silver coins which have been struck for the Service for many years past. S. Skellern will be leading us through the pages of history with a presentation on "The Royal Maundy."


12th April 2007     

Our Members look forward with eager anticipation to presentations by Bob Lyall, because each one has a unique and tantalising title - one which is completely impenetrable before the event, and blindingly obvious once we have heard the explanation. The latest tease is "Fire! - All hands to the Pump!" And, no, I haven't the slightest idea...


3rd May 2007

The centuries between the departure of the Romans from Britain and the coming of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been known as the Dark Ages, Dark because of the absence of all but the barest minimum of built and written history. Alan Dawson will be shedding a little light on "Is there a Dark Age Coinage"


7th June 2007

Have you ever noticed how the words 'eclectic' and 'mix' always seem to occur together?  "Five Minute Papers" is our tribute to eclectic mixes, and allows our Members to offer their thoughts and insights on those numismatic nuggets which interest them. And at the end of the evening, we will all know a bit more about all sorts of things.


5th July 2007

One of the pleasures of collecting is sharing with your friends and colleagues the latest bargain from the online auction, the 'find' from the bottom of a junk box, or the superb piece which has finally come to hand after years of searching. "Recent Acquisitions" is sometimes surprising, and always interesting.


2nd August 2007

"Discussion Evening" Once a year we have an open-evening, when Members discuss whatever numismatic topics come to mind. The wide range covered illustrates the range of interests which the Society covers, Ancient to Modern, and everywhere in between.


6th September 2007

"Roman Medallions" are much rarer and, usually, much larger than coins, and show, sometimes in exquisite detail, aspects of life in the ancient world. Dr Keith Sugden, Curator of Numismatics at the Manchester Museum, will be introducing us this fascinating parallel to the more familiar coinage.


4th October 2007

Every Club or Society has its AGM, and this is ours, when Subscriptions are set and paid, the books scrutinised, and new Committee Members issued with new brooms. The evening is rounded off by a Mini Auction of items brought in by, well, almost anyone.


1st November 2007

We are always pleased to welcome visiting speakers, who present us with new challenges and new perspectives on our hobby. Dr David Goodall will be doing just that, with his presentation "Ramblings of an Itinerant Numismatist."


5th December 2007

Last year it was reported that no-one had yet found the sixpence supposedly concealed in the Christmas Pud, served on the occasion of our Annual Dinner and Social Evening. This year, there have been reports that the sixpence has been seen for sale on a well known internet site. Members will be paying particular attention when the pud comes...

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