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FAQ

The Bate Collection

Q. Who was BATE?

A. Bate, Philip Argall Turner (1909–1999), now best known as the founder of the Bate Collection was by profession a radio and TV producer, geologist, paleaontologist, scholar, an amateur actor and clarinettist. He was also a founding member of The Galpin Society


Q. What are your opening hours?

A. Monday – Friday 14.00 – 17.00, Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 (Oxford Full Term Only). For further details, check our homepage.

Q. How can I book a tour of the gallery?

A. You can make a booking by contacting the Bate by telephone on 01865 276139 or by email on bate.collection@music.ox.ac.uk. For further details check our contact page.

Q. How can I get Bate Collection postcards, sound recordings, or other merchandise?

A. You can purchase Bate merchandising by visiting the museum shop or by contacting the Bate by telephone on 01865 276139 or by email on bate.collection@music.ox.ac.uk. We cannot accept credit cards, payment must be made by cheque or banker's order in GB pounds. For further details check our contact page.

Q. How do I get permission to inspect an instrument or study archives?

A. You should first write to us, explaining your area of interest and ask to make an appointment. Our postal address is: Bate Collection, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DB. Or you can email bate.collection@music.ox.ac.uk. For further details check our contact page.

Q. How do I obtain technical drawings of instruments in the collection?

A. You can place an order at our online store here

Or by writing or emailing, specifying which instrument plan(s) you wish to purchase. A full list of plans can be found here.

We cannot accept credit cards, payment must be made by cheque or banker's order in GB pounds. Checklists of instrument plans can be found here. 


Q. How do I obtain permission for publication of photographs of objects in the collection?

A. You should first write to us, explaining your area of interest. For further details check our Photographic Services page.

Q. How do I find the Bate Collection?

A. The Bate is located, in Oxford, at the bottom of St Aldate’s, between Christ Church and Folly Bridge. Click here to find a street map. If you wish to spend a little time in Oxford, exploring the historic city and other museums further information can be found here

Q. Where can I stay in Oxford?

A. There are many pleasant hotels and guest houses in the Oxford area. A full list of visitors accommodation can be found at the Oxford Tourist Information Centre.  It is possible to book accommodation in colleges online at Oxford Rooms  Further options can be found here.

Q. What else is there to do in Oxford? 

A. Oxford is a lively, vibrant city with a large young population.  There are thousands of things to see and do.  Check out this blog:  http://www.visitoxford.org/oxford2.asp