The Mechanical Music Museum, Cotton,

Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk. IP14 4QN

 

The Museum was built to house Robert Finbow's collection of automatic instruments and David Englands collection of cinema memorabilia. It opened on Sunday 10th of October 1982 with a concert featuring David Ivory and Nigel Ogden. On the following day David Ivory recorded the Wurlitzer for BBC radio 2.

The Wurlitzer was originally built for an American cinema but spent most of its working life at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. David England saved the instrument from destruction and before coming to Cotton had it installed in his home in Diss, Norfolk.

The organ consists of 11 ranks of pipes as well as the usual percussion and silent movie sound effects

David Ivory has been the resident organist since the Museum's opening. His work consists mainly of entertaining the various groups who book the Museum for private tours.

The Museum opens to the public on Sunday afternoons in June, July, August and September when the exhibits are demonstrated. It also opens at other times for pre-booked private parties of 20 or more.

The Museum is situated just off the B1116, six miles north of Stowmarket.