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New To The BMHS Website

The BMHS Website now has details of all the Society’s monthly meetings taking place at the Club For Acts and Actors in Covent Garden from now until June 2018. Just click below:

Booking forms for two special events are also available to download on the website:

Our Summer Tea with June Whitfield and Jan Hunt will take place on Sunday 6th August and our Tribute Lunch to Ken Dodd with Celebrity Speakers and ‘Doddy’ himself will be held on Thursday 26th October.

Further details and booking forms can be found by clicking below:


Two Special Events Organised By The BMHS


Coming Events

Booking forms for both these events can be downloaded from the EVENTS page of the BMHS website. Just click below:

Check Out The Davenports New Website

The Davenport Collection website is a growing resource on magic and entertainment history . Check it out at

The Davenports have been accumulating magic, puzzles, jokes, novelties and relatedephemera ever since Lewis Davenport founded his magic business in 1898. It was not until the 1980s that a start was made on assessing the breadth and depth of what the family owned. The latest venture in making this material accessible is the Davenport Collection website, curated by John Davenport. Phase 1 is now up and running, and includes 300 posters which are searchable for acts, dates, theatres and towns.

Another section of the website makes available specialist talks which, once given, are oftenlost. Already we have seven talks in PDF format:
➢ Roy Field The first of 80 British Ring conventions, Cheltenham 1931
➢ Paul Freeman Noms de Theatre – stage names for magicians
➢ Anne Goulden Wyn Davenport’s autograph albums
➢ Anne Goulden Intermittently on the halls
➢ Peter Lane Magicians’ programmes
➢ David Price Booksellers, collectors and rogues
➢ Fergus Roy Will Goldston – the man and the legend.


The second phase of the website will go live later in 2017.

Bernie Clifton in Cleethorpes in July

BCA Clee 17 for web

Andy Eastwood Concert in Boston, Lincs on 27th May

Boston 2017 web

BBC4’s The Good Old Days on May 5th


On Friday 5th May at 8pm, BBC4 will be repeating a New Year celebration edition of The Good Old Days from 31st December 1978. The cast will include Dolores Gray, Roy Castle, Robert White, Eira Heath, Russ Stevens, Perkano and Christina, Michel Arene and The Lido Can Can Girls and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is in the Chair.

The Good Old Days Of Variety at Bromley


Anita Harris will top the bill in The Good Old Days Of Variety at the Churchill Theatre in High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA on Wednesday 24th May at 2pm.  Supporting Anita will be ukulele playing Mark Walsh and comedian Bob Curtiss. All seats are £19 and the theatre’s box office number is 0203 285 6000.

Talk on Music Hall in Eastbourne on 27th April

The British Music Hall Society’s Secretary Edward Thomas will be giving a talk on:The Music Hall: Its Stars and Songs at Eastbourne’s Recorded Music Society’s April Meeting on Thursday 27th April at 7pm at St. Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UT. Admission for non-members of the Recorded Music Society is £2.

For more information on the Society go to:

Roy Hudd on Radio 2 and Radio 4 next week

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Our President Roy Hudd is one of the guests on Radio 4’s Saturday Live on Saturday 22nd April from 9am-10.30am.

Roy also features from Monday to Friday next week (24th April -28th April) on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 morning show (9.30am-12 noon) choosing the ‘Tracks Of My Years’. Expect to hear Max Miller, Alfie Boe and a song from the show Oliver! among Roy’s choices.

Good Old Days on Friday 28th April



Ken Dodd and Kenneth McKellar top the bill of The Good Old Days on BBC4 on Friday 28th April at 8pm. Originally shown on 14th March 1978, the show also features Jan Hunt, Francis Van Dyke, Pat Mooney, Soo-Bee Lee, Bartschelly and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is Your Chairman.

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