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International conference 2019

Musical Instrument
Collectors and Collections

International conference at the University of Oxford
Friday 23rd-Sunday 25th August 2019

Registration is now open, please click through to the University Store.

You can download the draft programme for the conference here.


Further information

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and The Galpin Society is hosting a 3-day conference in Oxford to explore themes in musical instrument collecting including how instruments are collected, displayed and conserved; who collects them, how and why; the relationships between makers, musicians, collectors, curators, dealers and scholars, as well as current research taking place in musical instrument collections in and outside museums around the world.

The event will feature presentations by scholars with specialist knowledge of musical instruments, as well as historians of music, biographers of instrument collectors and their networks, and those working in archives and museums.


  • Refreshments will be provided each day at registration and during breaks
  • Lunch will be provided each day
  • Dinner on Friday can be booked at the same time as registration for an additional fee
  • Dinner on Saturday and Sunday is not included in the registration fee but suitable restaurants can be recommended
  • Accommodation is not included in the confererence fee, please make your own arrangements

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You might be interested to know that the day before our conference beings, on Thursday 22nd August, the Musical Instruments Resource Network are holding their annual meeting in the same venue (at the Music Faculty, Oxford). You can find out more about this event here.