The Pewter Society – Centenary Year Meeting

Oriel College, Oxford, England

21st & 22nd September

 

After much anticipation, we are now well into our Centenary Year, which commenced with a super first meeting at Pewterer’s Hall in the City of  London in January, where John Swindell was formally inaugurated as President for 2018-19.

It is going to be a busy year, culminating in our Centenary Meeting and dinner at the historical Oriel College in Oxford on Saturday and Sunday 21-22 September.

Members of the NTV, the PCCA, Belgian and German societies were all invited to join us in November 2017, and there has been keen interest, especially due to the superb historic Dining Hall. All wine and soft drinks included pre and during dinner, courtesy of the Society and the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.

The guest speakers will include John Douglas, a resident of Oxford, who is the ‘Father of the Society’, having been a member since 1964; Jan Beekhuisen, the President of the Dutch society, the NTV; Philippe Boucaud from France and, hopefully, a representative from the PCCA in North America.

The success of this Centennial gathering will be further enhanced with every additional attendee, so I urge
you to put the dates in your diaries and come along to join the celebrations.

 

Meeting format & timetable:

On Saturday at 14:00, the main meeting will take place in the Harris Lecture Theatre and will start with the welcome to Oxford by John Swindell, President of The Pewter Society followed by a programme of presentations by our guest speakers Proceedings will finish at 17:30 to allow time for members to return to their accommodation and change for the evening, which will commence with a reception in the second quad at 19:00, prior to dinner in the beautiful and historic Dining Hall.

On Sunday, the highlight will be a visit to the famous Ashmolean Museum, where you will see treasures such as the Alfred Jewel, which was reputedly used by King Alfred the Great in the 8th century, important mediaeval artefacts, including rare pewter pilgrim badges and other treasures collected and donated over the years.

At 13:00, we will meet again at the Mitre for a farewell buffet before continuing our visit in this fascinating area or proceeding home. For those who do not have a strong interest in wandering around museums, there is much more to see and do in and around Oxford, from the many historic colleges to the Cathedral – not to mention extensive shopping opportunities!

For out-of-town visitors, who are staying over on the Friday, we will meet at the nearby Mitre pub/restaurant in Oxford, which is close to the city centre and the College.

On a first come, first served basis, we have managed to secure an allocation of rooms at Oriel College. These are priced at £178.00 double and £106 single, inclusive of full breakfast. Report to the Lodge, where you will be welcomed and shown to your room.

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