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The OMRS is a UK-based society with a global membership dedicated to the research and collecting of orders, decorations and medals, in memory and honour of the original recipients.

We are a 'members only' society administered and run by elected volunteers from within the membership. A constitution and by-laws ensure that the society runs smoothly and for the benefit of all members.

Anyone with a keen interest in the research and collecting of orders and medals can apply for membership of the society and new members are warmly welcomed.

The benefits of membership are huge – the quarterly Journal, access to like minded individuals, entrance to members-only branch meetings and annual Conventions, the sharing of research data, resources and ideas. If you are interested in membership, please use the Join Us link.

The aims of the OMRS are :

  1. To promote and foster a general interest in the study of orders, decorations and medals and all matters related thereto.
  2. To assist members in their researches.
  3. To publish such information, particularly the results of individual research, as may be practicable.
  4. To do all such lawful things as, in the opinion of the Committee, shall further the objects of the Society.
A short history of the OMRS

  1. The ‘Orders, Decorations and Medals Research Society of Great Britain’ was formed by four enthusiasts who had been meeting informally since 1939.
  1. Typewritten ‘Circular’ produced for all members.
  1. Started meeting at the Imperial War Museum, London.
  1. 123 members.
  1. ‘Circular’ renamed ‘Journal’ and the Society's title was shortened at the same time, to that which we have to this day.
  1. OMRS Silver Jubilee and a membership of 350.
  1. 500 members & the establishment of the first branch, the Northern Branch.
  1. 1,000-plus members
  1. First annual Convention held at the Cumberland Hotel, London.
  1. 2,000-plus members
  1. OMRS Golden Jubilee.
  1. OMRS Diamond Jubilee.
Dahlia Harrison,Jim Lees,
General Secretary, OMRSMembership Secretary, OMRS
PO Box 6195, Royal Leamington Spa, CV31 9JUPO Box 248, Snettisham,
Tel: 01926 312176King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 7TA
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