Next National Meeting - 13th - 15th April 2018 in Lincolnshire

We will be staying at the Petwood Hotel.  Hightlights will include:-

  • Friday afternoon  - visit to the Burtey Fen collection Pinchbeck
  • Saturday morning - travel to the Bubble Car museum near Coningsby
  • Saturday afternoon - Lunch and entertainment at an extensive local collection of Mechanical Music and cars
  • Sunday morning - in the hotel, demonstrations and talks by members.

Recent National Meetings

Spring Meeting 2017, Ironbridge, Shropshire - Highlights

  • Time to admire the historic, and naturally beautiful, Ironbridge Gorge near Telford and see the original "Iron Bridge".
  •  On Saturday we were all provided with a group passport ticket enabling us to visit the majority of attractions in the area including:-
  • Blists Hill Victorian Village.
  • Coalport China Museum
  • Museum of the Gorge
  • Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron 
  • and many more.
  • Sunday morning we returned to the private room in the hotel for a series of workshops:-
  • Roy Evett continued his presentation on the simple maintenance of disc musical boxes
  • Kath Turner, talked about how she had restored, an unusual automaton with musical movement, with a monkey cycling to the accompaniment of an animal orchestra.
  • Gordon Bartlet demonstrated two serinettes, one from c.1820, probably made in Mirecourt in France and the second a modern reconstruction.
  • Terry Longhurst demonstrated two cylinder boxes on the theme of trills, one from around 1832, possibly by LeCoultre, the other, a Ducommun-Girod around 1850, serial number 26085, played eight airs on a 13" cylinder.
  • John Phillips demonstrated his jig for setting Symphonion gantries
  • Finally, we were all entertained by a video of Joe Rinaudo playing the American photoplayer.

Autumn Meeting 2016, Hampshire - Highlights

  • Saturday - West Dean College for the day with the following presentations:-
  • Malcolm Archer Talking about the restoration of a George Pyke organ clock with automata now in the Temple Newsham Museum.
  • The care and repair of musical box discs by two Society members.
  • Jean-Marc Lebout, from Brussels, about French cylinder musical box manufacturers Pierre-Henri Paur, August L’Epée, David Cadet, Alexandre Soualle, and Clément Fils & Cie.
  • Finally a member's advice and tips on restoring cases
  • Saturday evening in the hotel - ‘show and tell’ items, including:-
  • an usual box by David Lecoultre, with hidden drums and bells, and expression delivered by long and short pins
  • an unusual Chapuis Zoller four-air box, with two combs of 52 teeth each, with the teeth in pairs, driven by a fusée motor between plates
  • a Paillard interchangeable box, with four cylinders, each playing five airs
  • Concluding on Sunday with a visit to the Hollycombe Working Steam Museum. The steam train ride proved to be very popular, as were many of the fairground rides. There were also several fairground organs to enjoy, including a Pell and McCarthy featured alongside a Gavioli and Limonaire.. Dating from the 1870s, the oldest known ride in the UK, Mr Field’s Steam Circus,  resides at Hollycombe, accompanied by probably the oldest Gavioli in this country.