Society of Ancients Conference

When: 2nd - 3rd November 2019

Where: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth

The annual Conference is where the Society of Ancients gets together for a weekend to exchange ideas on wargaming in the ancients and medieval periods. And to enjoy playing some good and varied wargames!

The weekend contains a mixture of presentations and wargaming sessions in small and larger groups. There are options to join the various activities, some of which will run more than once, so that you can choose what you like the look of, and what you don’t! It’s an opportunity to try new things, be they new rule sets that are under development, multi-player games with political elements, or more traditional games – all will be well-represented.

What's on this year?

The Conference format is similar to previous years.

It kicks off on the Friday evening with a board game session.  The main Conference takes place on Saturday and Sunday with a Conference Dinner on Saturday evening.

We are delighted to announce that our key note speaker for the 2019 Conference will be author and historian Dr. Harry Sidebottom. Harry is Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, Oxford and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College, Oxford. However, he may be better known to Society members as the author of the Warriors of Rome novels set in the Roman Empire during the so-called Great Crisis of the Third Century AD and featuring the Romanised Germanic barbarian, Ballista. Moreover, Harry is also a wargamer. So, we look forward to his address with great anticipation. The key note address will take place before the Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening.

And we have lots more going on. So far, the Conference programme includes the following:

  • Battle of Bosworth - the most up to date interpretations
  • Medieval Artillery Ballistics - engineering your wargames
  • Battle of Adrianopolis - participation refight
  • Battle of Edgecote - participation refight
  • Gangs of Rome - beginners workshop
  • Britannia Romans in Britain - a work in progress game workshop
  • Chances Are - a discussion of dice within wargames

Those who attended in either of the last two years will know that we like everyone to get involved! The Conference has plenty of room for anyone to run a session. Sessions can either be a presentation to the Conference on a subject, which with a subsequent discussion will last around an hour, or else can be running games, rules workshops, or anything else you may choose to come up with! Please send your ideas to the organiser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When, where and how much?

The 2019 Conference will take place over the weekend 2nd and 3rd November, at the same venue as previous Conferences, the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  As in previous Conferences, there are several options for participation.

The Full Conference package includes Saturday and Sunday at the Conference, buffet lunch both days, the Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening, bed and breakfast Saturday night, as well as teas, coffees, fresh fruit, biscuits and cakes etc throughout the days.  Cost for the weekend is £195.

Society Younger Members Conference package is available to the first ten Society of Ancients Members aged 18-25 to sign up for the Full Conference Package. This Special Offer price is £145.

The Full Conference plus Friday package as for the Full Conference Package, but including bed and breakfast on Friday is £302.

The Single Day package for those who can only make either Saturday or Sunday includes buffet lunch, as well as teas, coffees, fresh fruit, biscuits and cakes etc costs £47 per day.

To reserve your place at the Conference, we need a £47 deposit.  We will send a reminder for outstanding amounts approximately 4 weeks before the Conference.  Payment is recommended via the Society website PayPal route.  Simply select the appropriate button below.  However, if you would prefer to pay by cheque or other method, please select the last button.


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