Our Annual Programme of meetings runs from January to December. Each year, in Autumn,
our tireless Committee Members burn the midnight oil in industrial quantities, working
on the Programme for the coming year. The results of their labours can be seen here.
Although it happens extremely seldom, there is always the possibility that, for whatever
reason, a meeting may have to be re-arranged or cancelled. If this is the case, the
Meeting Status indicator will be updated to show amber or red and full details will
5th January 2017
These are trying times, and the performance of our members is being tested and evaluated
this evening. Whether our performance is Extremely Fine, or merely Very Good, won’t
actually make any difference as we take part in our Coin Identification and Grading
Quiz organised by Society Secretary Alan Dawson. Expert Numismatists? What more Proof
do we need? We get the Pyx!
2nd February 2017
Our speaker of the year is our own Society member Eric Hodge who will show how previous
generations had their own times of turbulence with his presentation ‘Time for Change:
Politics, Religion and Coinage in the time of William III and Anne (1694-1714)
2nd March 2017
One of the delights of membership in a Society such as ours is the opportunity to
see, and examine, coins and other items which are outside our own regular collecting
interests. ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is an evening where we can show and talk about that
star find of our own, and enjoy those things which our friends and colleagues have
6th April 2017
One of the numismatist’s nightmares is the vision of someone ‘polishing’ their coins.
It has happened and no doubt still does, but there are many occasions when coins
need a little TLC. This evening, our Society member Graham Jones will give us an
illustrated insight into ‘Cleaning and Conservation of Ancient and Mediaeval Coins’
and we will see how things should be done!
4th May 2017
We hope there won’t be too many ‘gentlemen (and ladies) in England now abed who shall
think themselves accurs’d they were not here’ for this evening’s presentation by
our Society Secretary Alan Dawson, who will tell us much about ‘The Coinages of Henry
IV and V.’ The story shall the good man teach his son.
1st June 2017
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.
6th July 2017
In considering the story of Empire, the focus is almost always on the
English history. This evening, Society member Peter Thompson will tell us something
of the quite different Scottish history with his illustrated talk on the coins struck
from gold amassed by The Darien Company
3rd August 2017
We say this every year, and every year it proves true, that far from being a nondescript
gap in the calendar, August is one of the year’s highlights. Our ‘Numismatic Discussion
Evening’ is an unstructured ramble through the highways and byways of our hobby,
and most of us learn quite a lot on the way. Always a great evening!
7th September 2017
This evening is the Society’s Annual General Meeting whereat we appoint the Officers
and Committee, scrutinise the books, and set the subscription for the coming year.
Then, to make up the difference, we have the annual Mini-Auction.
5th October 2017
Throughout most of English history, the manufacture of coins has been a strongly
protected right of the monarch, but the twelfth century time of struggle between
competing candidates for the throne and overly powerful barons saw this monopoly
fail. This evening our guest speaker Dr Joe Bispham will enlighten us on ‘The Coins
of Stephen and the Anarchy.’
2nd November 2017 ● THE TENTH FIELDING LECTURE
The Fielding Lecture is the highlight of our year of events, and is named in honour
of our late Chairman Mr Ben Fielding. We are delighted to welcome back a regular
guest of our Society, Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, who will
tell us something of ‘The History of the Gold Sovereign,’ the subject of his recent
7th December 2017 The Christmas Dinner
Given the date, it is almost certain that the OWLNS Christmas Dinner will be one
of the first of the festive season for most of our members. That being the case,
it is fortunate that it will almost certainly be one of the best. The backroom boys
and girls at the Eagle and Child will, we confidently expect, work their usual magic.