"The Society was formed in October 1946 for the publication of original research into the history, construction, development and use of musical instruments. Its name commemorates the pioneer work of Canon Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945) who had spent a lifetime in the practical study of old instruments, in collecting them and recording their history.
The Founder Members, whose number shall at no time be added to or taken away from, were Anthony C. Baines, Philip A.T. Bate, Robert Donington, Hugh Gough, Eric Halfpenny, Edgar Hunt, E. Marshall Johnson, Lyndesay G. Langwill, R. Morley-Pegge, F. Geoffrey Rendall and Maurice Vincent.
The first President of the Society was Professor J.A. Westrup, with the following as Vice-Presidents: Mrs Arnold Dolmetsch, Dr Rosamund E.M. Harding, Walter F.H. Blandford, Adam Carse and Christopher J. Galpin.
While the initial focus was on European instruments, the need to encompass `musical instruments of all kinds was soon recognised. The Galpin Society has succeeded over the years in catering for an ever-widening range of interests within the fold of organology, as well as stimulating inter-disciplinary collaboration and the fruitful exchange of ideas. Moreover, the geographical coverage of the Society's membership list has kept on spreading: no fewer than thirty-nine countries are now represented. " See website for more information. (ed.)
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