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Bate Launches New Publication

Featuring instruments from the Collection and detailed descriptions. Text by Jeremy Montagu. Foreword by Anneke Scott Edited by Andy Lamb, Kristen A Hansen and Benedict Goodall
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New Acquisition

Recently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
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Seminar Series 2019

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International conference 2019

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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.



Opening Hours  

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

Souvenir gallery guide

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Available for purchase in our online store:


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.