National Meetings

Each Spring and Autumn there is a national meeting, held at a different venue, selected to take advantage of places and collections of interest in the locality, and, where possible, to offer alternative attractions for the non-enthusiast spouse or companion. The weekend programme typically consists of visits as well as demonstrations and presentations, balancing both education with entertainment and enjoyment, and mechanics with music!

See here for recent meeting reports

See here for upcoming national meetings

Meetings for 2017 are:-

Autumn 2017, 30th Sept - 3 Oct, European trip - France, Belgium, Holland
                        14th October, Derby, mini-weekend

The Annual General Meeting 

Held in the Midlands on the first Saturday of June. This is when the Members determine how their Society will be run. They have the opportunity not only to appoint or elect the Society’s Officers, but also to express their views on the governance of the Society.


The Society’s own auction takes place following the AGM, at which members can add to their collections, trade up, or dispose of unwanted items. The modest premium (7.5%) charged to seller and buyer goes to the Society’s general funds.  

Local meetings

Other one-day gatherings take place throughout the year, organised by four regional groups and occasionally incorporating a visit to a place of interest, they tend mainly to feature demonstrations and talks, and give people the opportunity to socialise.
To attend any of these meetings contact 
See Local Groups for more information
See Forthcoming Events for all upcoming meetings

All meetings are open to members, their guests and non-members, although attendance at part of the AGM may be restricted to full-members only. Potential new members are invited and welcome at any meeting, to sample the experience of membership before joining.


Trips, visits and events

Other activities, such as trips to continental Europe, one-off visits to exhibitions or collections, and one-off events, such as organ ‘grinds’, or mechanical music displays, are also organised from time to time. Please refer to the Forthcoming Events section for current details.

A recent special event was the WINCHESTER ORGAN FESTIVAL

2nd Winchester Organ Festival

The dismal weather forecast for Monday Bank Holiday, 2nd May, did not deter the crowds in Winchester for the Second Winchester Organ Festival, many of them families. Some visitors travelled from as far as Luton and Weston-super-Mare and were rewarded with a variety of spirited and uplifting music. After the opening by the Dean of Winchester, the Rev. James Atwell, himself a proud owner of a McCarthy organ, the organs played in the cold and wind from 11.00 until around 3.40, when the rain came on. Twenty organs participated, dating from 1878 to 2016, fascinating children and older generations alike. Members of MBSGB also ran a display of musical boxes and organettes, where many of the public lingered to listen and learn more about them, complemented by a static display about the Society and mechanical music. A recent joiner summed it up as: ‘It seems a very vibrant Society.’ £1200 was donated by the public towards the Cathedral’s restoration. A fuller report will appear in a future edition of The Music Box.

Received by e-mail - "I happened to be in Winchester at this last bank holiday weekend and bumped into the festival of musical boxes etc.  It was spectacularly wonderful and I know that my mother, who is ninety-six and lives in London, would also have loved it."