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Event Cancellations

We regret that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the organisers and BVWS committee have made the decisions to CANCEL the following events:

  • Royal Wootton Bassett - swapmeet and auction - 28th June
  • Punnetts Town - swapmeet - 2nd August
  • Harpenden - swapmeet and auction - 20th September
  • Golborne - swapmeet - 1st November
  • Royal Wootton Bassett - swapmeet and auction - 6th December

This is due to social distancing measures. Our utmost concern is the safety and well being of our members and visitors.

Royal Wootton Bassett in December is cancelled because the hall closed for events until 2021.


RetroTechUK - Cancelled

We regret that due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus situation, the BVWS committee have made the decision that RetroTechUK (formerly the NVCF) previously rescheduled to take place on 25th October 2020 has been CANCELLED for this year.

All stall holders who have sent in booking forms will have their cheques returned in due course.

Date for your diary: RetroTechUK will return on Sunday 9th May 2021.

The British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS) is a society of over 1200 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment.

We publish a quarterly Bulletin containing a wide range of restoration and historical articles, photographs of events, Society news etc. This is a high quality publication. A sample bulletin is available on this website.

We hold regular meetings around the UK. Our main event takes place at Harpenden twice a year, with smaller meetings held in Wiltshire, Cheshire and East Sussex. These meetings have stalls selling vintage radio and related items, and often also include a bring-and-buy stall, working displays of vintage equipment, historical presentations and an auction. Refreshments are available at reasonable prices. Take a look at the events diary page for current details.

The Society regularly produces supplements for members, consisting of technical, historic and documentary interest. Over the past few years we have produced (with Copyright permission) CD-ROMs of the Trader Service sheets 1 to 1899, all BVWS Bulletins no longer in print and all editions of 405 Alive magazine, several DVDs containing historic films, plus a number of other paper supplements and our own history book. These are all free to members.

Our Society relies on new membership, new Bulletin articles and new ideas to enable it to flourish and secure its future for generations to come. If you have an interest in collecting and restoring old equipment, or just looking at or listening to old radios, televisions or Hi-Fi, then why not consider becoming a BVWS member.

An application form can be found on the join the BVWS page. You could also contact the Membership Secretary who will be happy to send you a sample Bulletin and answer any questions about the Society.


Video of the Summer 2014 Harpenden Swapmeet and Auction

This video should give you a flavour of what happens at our swapmeet and auction events. Turn on your speakers and enjoy!