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Our Mission


To enable current and future generations of visitors to engage with, take pleasure in and learn from the history and development of music reproduction, challenging their perceptions and enriching their lives.


Our Charitable Objectives

To educate the public through the operation of a museum which:

  1. Conserves, preserves, and develops nationally important collections related to the history of music reproduction.

  2. Informs, engages and entertains the public regarding the evolution of music reproduction through the use of self-playing instruments, demonstrations, talks, exhibitions, live performances and other communications.

  3. Places the theatre organ in context of social, historical and musical importance.

Delivering the Vision

In order to deliver our vision, the activities of the Museum include:

  • The creation of exhibitions, displays and performances that provide the narrative of the development of musical reproduction.

  • The provision of opportunities for interaction with the collections through talks, demonstrations, concerts and where possible hands-on experiences.

  • The development of training skills in understanding the technology, conservation and restoration and skills in public presentation

  • The encouragement of research and publication of matters related to the collections.

The Intended Outcomes

  • An appreciation of the social history of music reproduction in the UK.

  • The arrival of new audiences who take pleasure from the Museum.

  • The building of relationships with local communities, schools (including Special Schools) and interest groups to enjoy and benefit from the collections and their contribution to technology, design, craft, creative skills and musical appreciation.

Our Priorities

  • Creating a sustainable financial future for the collection, increasing income from visitors, donations, grants, sponsorship and commercial activities

  • Attracting a new cross-generational and culturally diverse group of volunteer and visitors

  • Conserving items in the collections appropriately; maintaining the balance between preservation and restoration in line with best practice and available resources

  • Refreshing the skills, knowledge and expertise available to the Board

  • Building productive relationships with other museums, the Local Authority, Arts Council and other relevant organisations

  • Supporting local and national initiatives that develop awareness of the Museum

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