Although physical meetings are suspended for the present, the Society's officers and Council continue to meet virtually and work continues on several aspects of Society business.
The Society is actively investigating moves to online presentations of Society lectures, hopefully starting next month – a necessary innovation, not just because of the current situation which remains very fluid, but which will enable all those who, whether for reasons of time or distance, cannot attend physical meetings once they are allowed to resume. The Covid-19 experience has considerably boosted the use of online technologies for meeting and instruction and numismatic societies the world over are reconvening as online gatherings, which happily means that members can remain involved with their chosen groups wherever they live.
It is not anticipated that the Society will be able to physically meet until mid-2021. Alongside online developments, the Society's programme for 2021 is in active preparation. It is hoped to accommodate those speakers who were due to address the Society this year, including Sir Mark Jones, David Swan, Dr Gareth Williams and Chris Barker, in next year's schedule. In addition, government restrictions permitting, thought is being given to staging a Summer Meeting in early July 2021 on the theme of Currency Systems, offering a nod to the 50th anniversary of UK decimalisation, for which other events are in the planning stages. If a physical Summer Meeting is possible, it is hoped that it can be staged at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.