This year we draw your attention to three heraldry conferences that our members have contributed to either in their organisation or as lecturers. If you attend any of these please come along and say hello to members of the Council who will be represented there.

The first and most imminent is the two-day event the Fourth Free Birmingham International Heraldry Conference to be held in the Chamberlain Room of the Council House, Birmingham on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August. A free conference speaks volumes for the organisation and patronage of such an event and we must thank Adrian de Redman (Birmingham City Armorist and Conference Secretary) for his hard work and cordial invitation to all persons who have a love of heraldry. The event is supported by the Heraldry Society and The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry and is part of the Birmingham Heraldry Project. If you have any queries with regards attendance or would like further information please contact Adrian de Redman immediately using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07799 188628.

The two day conference includes a series of at least six lectures on the theme of Faith and Church, for a very reasonable fee of £30 a Conference Celebration Dinner held at the St Paul’s Club and of course the opportunity to meet old friends and talk at least a little about heraldry. Notably White Lion Society members Richard d’Apice, Liam Devlin (Unicorn Pursuivant of the Lyon Court) and Dr Paul Fox contribute lectures while our Vice-Chairman Robert Noel (Lancaster Herald) acts as Conference President.

The second, a public symposium by the Society of Antiquaries, to be held at The Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE on Monday, 6th November 2017 on the theme: Visible identities – Symbolic Codes from Personal Heraldry to Corporate Logos. The event is sponsored by the Heraldry Society and organised by White Lion Society member Dr Adrian Ailes FSA (University of Bristol) and Council member Dr Clive Cheesman FSA (Richmond Herald) as well as Marcus Meer and Professor Fiona Robertson FSA both of (Durham University). The cost of the day symposium is £15 and full details and booking instructions are available at www.sal.org.uk/events.

This symposium will consider ways in which identity since c. 1100 has been, and continues to be, expressed in outward visible formats, principally heraldry. The opening address will be delivered by Dr Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, on Symbols of Canadian Identity, Past Present and Future, followed by Dr Torsten Hiltmann of Münster University speaking on Sign Systems and Symbolic Codes: Promoting Visible Identity during the Middle Ages. Following lunch there will be an opportunity to view some of the Antiquaries’ collection of unique heraldic manuscripts and publications introduced by Heather Rowland and Lavinia Porter of the Society. Professor Richard Cust of Birmingham University will then speak on Heraldry, Lineage and Identity in Early Modern England, followed by Herald Artist and coin designer Timothy Noad discussing On the Money: Symbolising National Identity in the Design of UK Coin Designs. The formal part of the proceedings will end with a round-table discussion chaired by Dr Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, on Branding or Blazon? The Future of Heraldry in a World of Logos and Trade Marks with opening remarks by Elizabeth Roads, FSA, Snawdoun Herald, and Dan McCabe, of Portsmouth University. The day will end with a wine reception.

Last but not least we have the XX. Colloquium of the International Academy of Heraldry to be held at Christian VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg, Copenhagen Denmark on the 10th to the 13th November 2017 on the theme of The Great Orders of Chivalry and their Heraldic Traditions and under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Joachim of Denmark, Chancellor of the Danish Royal Orders. If you would like to book for this event you can do so on-line at http://heraldik.org/aih2017/ and will find extensive information about the event there. Booking closes on the 1st September.

This international congress includes four days of lectures, visits to Frederiksborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle and a congress dinner at the House of Finans Danmark. White Lion Society members who will contribute lectures are: Ronny Andersen, Dr Richard Baker, Patric Dickenson (Clareneux King of Arms) and Dr Paul Fox.