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News

Bate Launches New Compact Disc

Using instruments from the Collection we have produced a CD of trumpet music
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New Acquisition

Recently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
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Events

Gallery Recitals

Musical recitals highlighting aspects of the Bate Collection
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Bate Concert The Prince Regent's Band

Bate Concert
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Welcome to the bate collection 

Welcome to the Bate Collection, one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. The Bate has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.  More than a thousand instruments are on display, by all the most important makers and from pre-eminent collectors.

  


FREE ADMISSION

Opening Hours  

Monday - Friday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00 throughout the year.

Saturday Morning opening 10.00 - 12.00

Saturday Morning openings 

October: 14th, 21st, 28th.

November: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

December:  2nd.


Lunchtime Seminar Series


Souvenir gallery guide

Read more about it here


3D printing of a serpent

STL Files

Instruction Manual

Download the files to print your own copy of an 18th century French church serpent.

Designed by Dr Mark Witkowski (Imperial College)

Bate Collection number 504


re-sOUnd iPhone App

We have produced an iPhone app featuring instruments in the Collection.  You can download it, free, from here:

iPhone App


Listen to our instruments

We have recorded some of the instruments in the collection.  You can hear them here:

Instruments in the Collection

 


Visit our online store:

We sell a variety of books, CD's and technical diagrams featuring instruments in the collection

Bate Shop

 

 


 

 

The Bate Collection is supported by the following organizations:

Bate Library

The Bate library includes over 3000 books, periodicals and other publications on the subject of musical instrument development and music technology. It includes the Philip Bate, Anthony Baines and Reginald Morley-Pegge archives plus a developing sound archive of instruments from the collection.

Faculty of Music

The Faculty of Music of Oxford University, one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the country, and an internationally renowned centre of musical teaching and research. The Faculty offers a highly stimulating environment for anyone interested in a practical, scholarly and creative engagement with music.