Welcome to the BVWS website

BVWS Updates

Punnetts Town Swapmeet - 7th August 2022

For details (location, times, entry cost etc) please see the event locations page.

The event is for BVWS members only, however potential new members are welcome to attend and may join on the day if they wish.

NEW! - Biggleswade Swapmeet and Auction - 25th September 2022

This is the replacement for our Harpenden event (as Harpenden Public Halls are due for demolition), and we hope to continue here for our March and September meetings.

Address etc is on the event locations page. Further details will be announced nearer the time.

BVWS Events and Covid 19

The BVWS committee and event organisers are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

We have a full lineup of 2022 events in our Events Diary and we are hopeful that these will be able to go ahead as planned.

However there may be some UK Government restrictions or rules in place such as social distancing, face coverings or track-and-trace that we will follow to ensure everyone's safety.

We will update this page and the Events Diary as dates and any new arrangements are confirmed.

British Vintage Wireless Society

The British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS) is a society of approximately 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. Many earlier bulletins are available on this website.

We hold regular meetings around the UK. 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!