AMBC Spring Outing to Kew

A group of members had a most enjoyable day out at Kew Bridge. In the morning we assembled at the London Museum of Water and Steam housed in the original Georgian waterworks building of 1836, with many of its pumps still in situ and in working order. We were treated to a fascinating guided tour, one of the highlights of which was a demonstration of the massive Bull Engine. Our time there was all too short as after lunch we were due at the Musical Museum just along the road.

Here we were greeted by Owen Cooper, chairman of trustees and an old friend of many of our members. He escorted us on a tour of the different galleries and demonstrated and gave an account of a selection of the huge number of instruments on show. The opportunity to hear and see the larger exhibits was particularly interesting to members who do not have room to own such wonderful instruments. In the concert hall the Mighty Wurlitzer was temporarily out of action so Owen played the Chickering Grand Piano as a finale to our visit. Over a pub supper the general consensus was that our first outing had been a great success. A full report will be published in the next edition of Mechanical Music World.