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In Memory of
Roy Huddlestone 

We were very sad to hear that Roy Huddleston our long time friend and a beloved tour guide passed away.  He was a great ambassador of the museum and had 319  five- star reviews on TripAdvisor! Here are just a few of them: 

The main attraction (apart from the amazing instruments) was the wonderful guide, Roy Huddlestone. He is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing to share his passion for the Musical Museum. I won’t embarrass him further, but to do three 2 hour sessions on one day and to keep it fresh and fascinating for visitors is a great talent!

SR, 9 May 2022

Roy the 91yrs old volunteer was exceptional and gave us the best tour around the museum. I learned so much. Thank you Roy! My son could not stop talking about the experience for days..

KR, May 2022

The tour guide was one in a million. I will name drop Roy the 91 year old guide because he deserves it. Patient with the children and very informative. I'm on a mission now to find clockwork gadgets.

K, 20 April 2022

Our guide, Roy, was the perfect combination of knowledge, humour and enthusiasm.

AM, 4 April 2022

Our tour guide Roy, was like everyone's favourite grandad!

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My husband and I recently visited London and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. During the ten days we were in your beautiful city, we visited the Musical Museum twice. Each time, our tour guide Roy generously shared his knowledge of the museum's collection and his love of music. My husband and I are still singing the words to "The Umbrella Man" song


Question: What do you think the Museum can do to improve?

Answer: ‘Keep Roy alive forever’ (Basque Country, Spain, 15/03/2014)

Had heard about Roy Huddleston’s tours. Magic! Beautiful old instruments in abundance. Beautiful sounds, polished wood and glistening metal. Beautiful river cafe and very friendly staff. Mr Huddleston is a treasure

R, 14 December 2019

Roy, a young chap of 88 showed us around and bought it all to life with both his knowledge and active demonstration of the various instruments. Then, just when we thought it could not get any better, Roy emerged from the depths of the museums concert hall, riding the mighty Wurlitzer!

B, May 2022

The tour guide, Roy, delivered 75 years of musical knowledge acquisition beautifully - he had us singing, laughing and actually playing the instruments.

SM, February 2022


You HAVE to take one of the guided tours, Roy (our amazing guide) brought the place to life, telling memories of his childhood with some of the instruments and had us in tears sometime with his amazing reminiscing

Roy who is a volunteer guide is absolutely amazing! He’s great with the children and is still so passionate this many years of. You do the museum proud!

Our guide was an affable old gentleman called Roy who used to keep Lancaster Bomber instrumentation working for the RAF and now helps to keep these fantastical self-playing instruments going for the museum. A particular highlight for me was when he started singing along to an old gramophone record. Thanks Roy for a delightful afternoon, it was just a shame that we couldn't have stayed for longer!

 Roy (one of the best guides I've ever come across) was fantastic, entertaining and very engaging for the whole family including 3 young kids) I have to mention Roy's sense of humour! Brilliant! 

PC, 13 November 2017


A special thanks to Roy Huddleston who’s encyclopaedic knowledge and charisma made the visit even more enjoyable. 

Roy is a 91 year old ‘national treasure’ who easily rivals our other British sweetheart David Attenborough. As a retired clockmaker he knew all the ins and outs of all the mechanisms of the musical automated machines he was showing us.

LL, January 2022


Great tour by the one and only Roy! Roy is a young 90 year old guide with a lot of knowledge and tons of humour!


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