Malcolm was a born in Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1948 and lived in Hendon, North West
London through his youth. He first attended St Mary’s, Secondary Modern where at
17 he did well enough in his ‘O’ levels to move on to Hendon County Grammar School.
There he achieved ‘A’ level passes in Pure Math, Applied Maths, Physics and Engineering
Drawing. These earned him a place at Bristol University where he read Pure Maths
and Philosophy. After training to be a teacher he taught in schools, mostly in the
Bristol area, for 29 years before becoming a senior lecturer in maths education at
Bath Spa University.
Malcolm’s interest in Meccano was sparked by the gift of a No. 8 set by his parents
and he built this up to a No. 9 by the time he was in his teens. When teaching in
Midsomer Norton in the early 80’s his head of department, a Dinky Toy collector,
suggested he could revive his Meccano hobby by going to the next Gloucester Toy fair
and seeing what was on offer. There, on a dealer’s table, he spotted his childhood
dream, a medium red/green No. 10 in its oak cabinet! He bought it. This Meccano
passion developed over the years and expanded to an interest in building systems
generally. He started to collect sets, display models, dealer cabinets and related
documentation until he had a huge collection and a very wide knowledge of his subject.
He was never content, however, to keep his knowledge to himself and spent much of
his leisure time “spreading the word”. He put on exhibitions in museums and anywhere
where modellers met and gave talks to schools, scouts and clubs such as Probus. He
was a major contributor to the NZ Meccano site and a central information source for
the Meccano hobby. In addition, Malcolm was always willing to spend time with anyone
with a query and help in any way possible.
Back in 1984, Malcolm decided to try and locate like-minded Meccano enthusiasts in
the Bristol area and this led to the founding of South West Meccano Club. His efforts
and the successful outcome are documented on our History pages.
Malcolm’s vast collection of Meccano, Bayko, Primus and any number of similar systems
will be offered for sale by Vectis Auctions at the appropriate times over the coming
months once it has been fully catalogued. This will give everyone an opportunity
to view and possibly own a piece of this fascinating and very important collection