Elgar Birthplace Museum

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Elgar's Birthplace
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The birthplace cottage
LocationLower Broadheath, Worcestershire, WR2 6RH, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°12′N 2°17′W / 52.20°N 2.28°W / 52.20; -2.28Coordinates: 52°12′N 2°17′W / 52.20°N 2.28°W / 52.20; -2.28

The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire, England is a museum dedicated to the English composer Edward Elgar. On 1 September 2017 the museum reopened under National Trust stewardship.[1] Elgar was born here on 2 June 1857, and lived here until his family moved to Worcester two years later.[2] The museum comprises the Birthplace Cottage and its garden, and the modern Elgar Centre, opened in 2000, which houses further exhibitions and a function room.

The Museum displays give an insight into Elgar the man and social history as well as an opportunity to see original music manuscripts. In addition to autograph music manuscripts, the Museum collection includes around 11,000 letters from and to Elgar, his friends and family; proofs, programmes and other items connected with Elgar's music; family photographs and scrapbooks; 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.[3]

For the five years 2017-2021 the museum will be administered by the National Trust on behalf of The Elgar Foundation.[citation needed] It greatly values the support it receives from generous donors and its friends including the Elgar Society. It has Accredited Museum status from the Arts Council England.[4]

Events and facilities[edit]

The museum offers a programme of events and family events spread throughout the year.

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  1. ^ "The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar". National Trust. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Elgar Birthplace Museum". Philharmonia Orchestra. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  4. ^ "Accreditation statistics". Arts Council England. Retrieved 25 November 2013. "List of Accredited Museums" is in Excel spreadsheet linked from this page

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