Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume

Aeronautical Engineer
Aircraft Designer
Aviation Historian
Museum Consultant
Mechanical Musical Instrument Historian
Mechanical Music


Mechanical Music

  • Founder Member: The Ultra Light Aircraft Association (the Popular Flying Association, now known as The Light Aircraft Association)
  • Joint Honorary Member & Consultant: Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Managing Director & Chief Designer: Phoenix Aircraft Ltd
  • Designer: Britten-Norman Ltd
  • Founder: Light Aviation Supplies (1952)
  • Director & Chief Designer: Agricultural Aviation Co Ltd
  • Lecturer: British Aviation History
  • Director: The Aviation Archive
  • Copyright Designs: Luton LA4A Minor; Luton LA5A Major, Ord-Hume GY-201 Minicab, Minor 2000
  • Founder Member: Musical Box Society of Great Britain
  • Committee Member/Consultant: Gesellschaft für Selbstspielende Musikinstrumente e.V
  • Member: Association des amis des Instruments et de la musique mécanique
    Kring van Draaiorgelvrienden
    Player Piano Group
  • Restorer: Mechanical organs of all types
  • Lecturer: Mechanical Music, Musical Clocks, Musical Automata
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  • Founding Editor: The Music Box (1962-1980); Music & Automata

  • Director & Senior Archivist: The Library of Mechanical Music & Horology

  • Consultant/Contributor:


The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Oxford Companion to Music
Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments
Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music, &c, &c.

  • Specialist Advisor on Mechanical Music:


International Museums

Leading Auction Houses

The National Trust

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Consultant on Aviation Historical Matters to Independent TV programme makers


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