Elgar Birthplace Museum
|Elgar Birthplace Museum|
The birthplace cottage
|Location||Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire, WR2 6RH, England, United Kingdom|
The Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire, England, is a museum dedicated to the English composer Edward Elgar. Elgar was born here on 2 June 1857, and lived here until his family moved to Worcester two years later. The museum comprises the birthplace cottage and an associated Elgar Centre, opened in 2000, which houses exhibitions and a function room.
The collections include manuscripts, scores, programmes and other items connected with Elgar's music; family photographs; items connected with his travels and with his hobbies including golf and cycling; personal possessions, awards and honours, and film of his later years. The cottage was established as a museum in 1934, on Elgar's death, by his daughter Carice Elgar Blake.
The Museum receives support from the Elgar Society and the Elgar Birthplace Trust, a registered charity whose activities are listed by the Charity Commission as: "To preserve the Birthplace Cottage in which Elgar was born, together with the archive and memorabilia therein, and to present the same in an attractive format for the enjoyment by, and education of, the visiting public". It has Accredited Museum status from the Arts Council England.
Opening Hours, Events and Facilities
The Elgar Birthplace Museum is open daily, with a winter closed period. It offers a programme of educational talks and concerts spread throughout the year.
For families, the museum currently offers a selection of children's trails and has a "Jubilee Music Garden" which was installed in 2012. From 2014, the museum will also offer a programme of family events.
- Cavendish, Richard (November 1994). "The Elgar Birthplace Museum". History Today 44 (11): 62. Retrieved 2009-07-12. (information from opening paragraph, freely available online; remainder of article available to subscribers or in print)
- "Elgar Birthplace Museum". Philharmonia Orchestra. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
- Official website
- The Elgar Birthplace Trust, Registered Charity no. 202688 at the Charity Commission
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