Meetings

Members in the UK meet regularly to socialise with old friends, make new friends and enjoy seeing and listening to each others instruments.  Local groups meet at least twice a year in the Midlands, Worcestershire, London and the Home Counties, and the South of England.

Usually twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, National Meetings are held at various venues around the UK.  These include visits to collections of mechanical music and other places of interest as well as talks and demonstrations with plenty of opportunities to socialise.

The Society's AGM is held on the first Saturday in June to allow members the opportunity not only to appoint or elect the Society’s Officers, but also to express their views on the governance of the Society.  However, the main attraction is the annual auction where members buy and sell instruments and other items of interest, with a modest premium going to the Society funds.

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.

 

Next National Meeting 27th to 29th September at Bradford

Since going to press with the most recent edition of the magazine, we have more information about the programme for the Autumn 2019 Society meeting, to be held on the weekend 27th -29th September.  These are the programme details to date:

Friday, 27th September
Check in at hotel. Informal evening buffet dinner, with time to socialise.

Saturday, 28th September
Visit in the morning to Bankfield museum, Halifax, to see/hear its Symphonion, and explore exhibits relating to the local history, and Halifax in WWII.
In the afternoon we take a return trip on a Keighley and Worth Valley Railway stream train, with the opportunity to explore museums at both Oxenhope and Ingrow West stations. We shall also have the opportunity to play some small organs while at these stations.  Please let us know if you wish to participate.
In the evening we shall be having a more formal, private dinner at the hotel, with light entertainment afterwards (with the emphasis on entertainment.)

Sunday, 29th September
Presentations in the morning at the hotel, to include (but not limited to) more about the background to the Bankfield Symphonion, and a presentation about organ pipes.
Light lunch at the hotel before leaving for home.
We shall also have the opportunity for members to ‘show and tell’, and the opportunity to see an excellent film made by former MBSGB American Vice President, Bob Yates, about his organette collection in USA.
If you are interested in extending your stay in the area, you may also like to visit Shibden Hall, one-time home of Ann Lister, the subject of a new BBC drama ‘Gentleman Jack’, and where there is a musical clock (not working), whilst in the opposite direction, the other side of Leeds, is Temple Newsam Museum where you can see the George Pyke organ which was the subject of a presentation at our 2016 Autumn meeting.

For more information and to register for the meeting, please see booking details which can be downloaded here:
AUTUMN MEETING 2019 BOOKING FORM