St Albans Musical Museum Society

St Albans Musical Museum Society

Charity information

St Albans Musical Museum Society

The Charity administrates a rare collection of self-playing musical instruments - ranging from 100 year old musical boxes, Victorian Organettes, self-playing pianos to four very large dance hall organs. In addition to these there are two working theatre organs, which are played regularly by top-named artists. Saturday evening concerts are held once a month on these instruments. The mechanical instruments are featured on a Sunday afternoon where each is described and played to the public.

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    The collection of instruments were collated in the 1960s by Charles Hart and towards the end of his life he wanted the instruments to be still available to be seen and heard by the public. To this end, a Charitable Trust was formed in 1978 to perpetuate his wishes. The aim of the Society is to maintain all the instruments in a first-class playing condition and keep the Society financially viable for the future.
    The Management Committee and all the helpers are volunteers who all give there time freely.
    Projects that need money are funded by launching appeal funds and two of the dance hall organs have been fully restored recently partly funded by donations and by the Charity.
    Our other aims for next year are to promote the collection to a wider audience by use of Social Media, leaflet distribution and by general advertising. We are very pleased to have been recently nominated for the Queens Award and we have also just applied for an Accredited Museum status.
    Other aims for next year are to attract more organised party groups - where we open specially for that group. We shall continue to host and further promote school visits and day outings of various day groups and care homes.
    Our mission is to continue to give a friendly welcome to people of all ages who come and enjoy the music and to give more information to those who wish to understand more about the mechanisms within the instruments.
    The premises are heated with full facilities for our disabled patrons.

  • Aims

    St Albans Musical Museum Society aims to:

    • To attract funding to complete essential repairs to our three manual, 10 rank Wurlitzer theatre organ. We have been given a quotation of £7000 for this work.
    • Funding also required to complete the restoration to a very rare instrument, known as a Weber Unica. A quotation of £4000 has been given by a specialist restorer of this instrument.
    • We would also like to improve the comfort in our auditorium by having a replacement carpet fitted, replacement seating and a complete refurbishment of our kitchen area.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 276072

    Board members: 8

    Volunteers: 18

    Phone number: 01525373700

    Address: Sandhills, 13 Stanbridge Road Terrace, Leighton Buzzard. Beds. LU7 4QU

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