Music Resources Guide

This guide aims to introduce you to resources available for musical research in historic houses.  It is not comprehensive, but includes a few key sources in each area linked below. It is currently weighted toward British historic houses from the 17th-19th centuries, but includes information that can be useful for researching houses from other times and places.

Who this guide is for

  • Curators, conservators and visitor experience staff in the heritage sector who wish to research or deploy music in their properties, but who may have a limited background in music studies
  • Students in musicology or museum studies starting research on music in a heritage setting

These pages are available to download as a single .pdf file below.


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