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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

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 found.


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.’



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 book.


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.

The Fielding Lecture

2017 Programme


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 year. The results of their labours can be seen here.


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.

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