Fairground Organ Preservation Society Collection

Ref: NFA0119

Title: Fairground Organ Preservation Society

Scope: 9 issues of the Het Pierement journal from 1991 to 1993, manuscripts and typed notes for the Key Frame journal with their published issues, a box of questionnaires and letters and events of the Society.

Dates: 1991-2000
Level: Fonds
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator: Fairground Organ Preservation Society

Administrative / biographical history: The Fairground Organ Preservation Society is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of interest and the appreciation and preservation of the fairground organ, and other related mechanical instruments, and their music.

FOPS was founded in Bolton in 1957 after a group of enthusiasts gathered around Tom Alberts' 98-key Marenghi organ for Sunday recitals. Most of the original founders of the Society were organ owners but with the advent of steam rallies and other events, interest in fair organs in particular increased rapidly and membership rose sharply during the sixties.

FOPS is a membership organisation open to anyone with an interest on the objectives of the Society and has international scope. The first overseas member was Gijsbert Perlee, organ builder in Amsterdam, and the first United States member was Q David Bowers, dedicated collector and well known as the author of several comprehensive books on mechanical musical instruments.

Related Collections: Orton and Spooner Collection
Source: Donated by the Fairground Organ Preservation Society
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Fairground Organs, Travelling Entertainment, Fairground Shows, Fairground Art
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Restrictions: Some material may be protected by the Data Protection Act
Copyright: Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material
Finding aids: None available at the present time