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Royal Wootton Bassett Swapmeet and Auction - 3rd December

Our final event of 2023 will be the popular Royal Wootton Bassett swapmeet and auction on 3rd December.

Approx 25 tables of items available by private sellers. Bring & Buy tables in the annex with a 10% commission to the BVWATM charity. Auction with approx 300 lots.

Stall holder booking forms were sent out with the Autumn BVWS Bulletin and are also available below.

The auction catalogue and photos of many of the lots are now available HERE.

Hot food and drinks served all day. On-site parking for 40 cars plus on-street parking all around the area.

Location details and event times etc are on the Event Locations page.

Website Updates

We have now added 12 more years of BVWS Bulletin PDF files to the BVWS Bulletins section, taking it up to volume 42 (2017).

All BVWS Bulletin and 405 Alive PDF files now have embedded text so they can be read by search engines and screen readers etc.

New event photos have also been added to give examples of what to expect at each location.

Stallholder Booking Forms

Previously A4 printed flyers for stall-holder table bookings at events have been included with the Bulletins. Over 1200 flyers are printed for each event and depending on the number stalls available at that meeting, only 15 to 35 of them ever get used.

At a time when we are conscious of material wastage and looking to reduce costs, flyers will no longer be included in with the Bulletin (other than for RetroTechUK and Royal Wootton Bassett); instead they will be available for prospective stall-holders to download and print here.

Royal Wootton Bassett 3rd December 2023

If you do not have a printer, please contact the event organiser (details on the relevant form) who will post a form to you.

British Vintage Wireless Society

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. 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 several 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 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!