The inaugural meeting of the Ormskirk & District Numismatic Society was held in an
upstairs room at the tiny Buck I'Th' Vine Inn, Burscough Street, Ormskirk on Thursday
1st June 1970. Five people attended the meeting which was reported in the local newspaper.
Within only a few months membership had quadrupled and the society soon attracted
members from far and wide. By the mid 1980s the area served by the society covered
most of west Lancashire and Merseyside so it was decided to change the name to the
more appropriate Ormskirk and West Lancashire Numismatic Society.
In accordance with its constitution the aim of the society has always been 'the furtherance
of numismatic knowledge' and this unwavering ideal has undoubtedly been the society's
strength for the past half century.
Now into its fifth decade, the Society has between twenty and thirty members who
take an enthusiastic interest in many different facets of our hobby. We welcome beginners
and experts, young and not-so-young. We don’t have any formal entry requirements
except an interest in our hobby, and a willingness to travel to the meetings once
We try to make sure that our annual Programme has something of interest to everyone
- and it often seems to be the case that the most interesting talks are about the
subjects of which we know least. Some talks are specifically about coins, or tokens,
or medals; others relate more to the historical or geographical context in which
these objects were used, or are found today.
Please feel free to look around our website. If you like what you see, or are interested
in learning more, please send us a message, and let us know who you are. Guests are
always welcome at our meetings.