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These days we have only one or two meetings a year, sometimes including our AGM,  in London, but instead prefer to get out and about, holding the remainder of our meetings around the country, often in churches where we can study brasses, incised slabs and other monuments in their architectural context. Although these meetings are very popular with members, many are unable to attend. So, from Spring 2005 we we will providing picture reports of our meetings, to supplement the full written reports that appear in MBS Bulletin. To see these reports, click on the Past Events bar at the top of the page.

General meetings

Proceedings start at 2pm, unless noted below. Entry is free unless otherwise indicated and MBS members may invite non-member visitors to attend.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016


Our Vice-Presidents Jerome Bertram and David Meara have organised a mid-week meeting entitled Brasses, Pugin and the Sea: exploring St. Augustine’s Ramsgate. The Victorian architect A.W.N. Pugin was a key figure in the revival of memorial brasses in the mid 19th century. At Ramsgate, within sight of the sea, he built a home for his large family, The Grange; a magnificent new church, St. Augustine’s; and between the two a house for a priest, St. Edward’s Presbytery. The church contains an impressive collection of Victorian brasses, as well as the tomb of Pugin himself. Members will be able to visit the church, The Grange (now restored and owned by the Landmark Trust) and hear about the work of this pioneer of the Gothic Revival. The event will include lectures by Catriona Blaker of the Pugin Society and by David Meara on the brasses. Jerome Bertram will also speak on Other Brasses in Thanet. The afternoon will conclude with tea.

Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 2.00p.m.



This visit to the London church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less will include talks by Paul Cockerham on The Representations of Medical Issues on Brasses; Elma Brennan on Medieval Medical Collections at the Wellcome Library; Sheila Sweetinburgh on Medical Hospitals and Commemorations; and Sophie Oosterwijk on Medieval Brasses and Childbirth. For those who wish to arrive early the church will be open.

The church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less is situated within the precincts of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. The address and postcode for satellite navigation is Giltspur Street, London EC1A 7BE. The nearest underground station isSt. Paul’s on the Central line.

Saturday, 8th April 2017 at 2.00p.m.



The Spring General Meeting will be held at York.All Saints North Street is noted for containing the finest collection of medieval glass in York, mostly dating from the early 14th century. Perhaps the most famous window is that depicting the Prick of Conscience dating from c.1410. Members will also have the opportunity to see the collection of brasses, including the interesting example commemorating Thomas Atkinson, a tanner and sheriff of York who died in 1642.

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Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 15th July 2017 at 2.00p.m.



The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School. Following the formal business, the Archivist, Anne Bradley, will speak on The brass of Nicholas Thorne and the foundation of Bristol Grammar School. Members will be afforded a rare opportunity to view the brass commemorating Nicholas Thorne who, with his brother Robert, was responsible for founding the school in 1532. Nicholas left his geographical and nautical instruments to the school upon his death in August 1546 at the age of 50. His brass memorial was formerly in the church of St. Werburgh until it was demolished in 1876.

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 29th-30th September and 1st October 2017



Advance notice is given for the Society’s Conference to be held at Peterborough.

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