News 2016

News 2016: (UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...

The RCM’s collection comprises instruments, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, archives, books and programmes. Among the pieces that can be viewed are the oldest known stringed keyboard instrument, a clavicytherium dated c. 1480 (picture attached); the world’s oldest guitar made by Lisbon-based instrument maker Belchior Dias in 1581; an ornate Venetian harpsichord c. 1531; and The Anne Boleyn Book, a choir book dating from 1530 and linked to Henry VIII’s second wife.

It will also give much wider exposure to ..."

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