Blog: Education

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum

7. May 2020

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum comprises over 12,000 items from the eighteenth century to the present, and is a major research resource for the study of Handel and his contemporaries. Handel was a major benefactor of the Foundling Hospital, a home for children founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram, which counted William Hogarth among its supporters. The Museum tells the story of the Hospital and also displays an art collection donated by artists from the eighteenth...

ASWs past and future: a personal reflection

17. April 2020

My diary tells me that Friday 17th April should have been the first day of the 2020 Annual Study Weekend in Leeds. Planning for the conference had taken more than a year and at the last Conference Committee meeting held on March 11th most of the final details were in place and the committee was anticipating another stimulating and informative ASW ahead.

Sadly, as we all know, within a week events had overtaken careful planning and the 2020 ASW had to be postponed for a year due to...

"Music for the Terrified" in Galway!

31. March 2020

One of the best things about the "Irl" in our Branch's name is the opportunity that it gives us to meet our Irish colleagues. So it was with great pleasure that Geoff Thomason and I recently travelled across the Irish sea to offer Courses & Education Committee's "Music for the Terrified" at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Come to think of it, these were probably the final sessions to be requested from Courses & Education before it combined recently with the Branch's...

IAML Annual Study Weekend, April 17-19, 2020, postponed to 2021

17. March 2020

As a result of COVID-19 precautions the IAML (UK & Irl) Conference Committee regrets to announce that the 2020 Annual Study Weekend has had to be postponed. It will now take place from 9th - 11th April 2021, at the same venue: Weetwood Hall, a Grade II listed building, and part of the University of Leeds’ conference facilities. A full statement is available...

The final shortlist for the 2019 C.B. Oldman Award is announced!

5. March 2020

The C.B. Oldman Prize Committee has pleasure in announcing the final shortlist for the 2019 award:

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An early accordion method

27. November 2019

One of the greatest joys of managing the early printed music at the Royal College of Music Library...

Two last nights! Showbusiness in Georgian London

19. November 2019
William Heath, Stage Door, 1823. © Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

If you’re down in London this...

Academic Music Librarians' seminar, Cardiff University

7. November 2019

While the turnout for this year's Academic Music Librarians' Seminar might have been smaller than usual (in the end there were nine of us, from Cambridge, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Oxford), there was certainly no lack of ideas or discussion. In fact, we probably needed about another hour to really get to grips with the several important topics in our timetable, so perhaps a 1 p.m. start is on the cards for next year. A blog post isn't the place for a blow-by-blow recitation of...

A very successful seminar

30. September 2019

Nottingham City Council's Loxley House turned out to be the perfect venue for the "Music in Public Libraries" seminar on Friday, 27 September, with 17 attendees travelling from locations from across from country for a lively afternoon of discussions and updates. Nigel Hawkins, Nottingham City Council's Head of Culture and Libraries (are libraries "culture" too...?), started off the official timetable with a thoughtful welcome and overview, prior to which Malcolm Jones gave a tribute to...

Don't miss the Public Libraries Seminar

6. August 2019

Loxley House, Nottingham

The 2019 Music in Public Libraries Seminar will take place on Friday 27th September from 1pm to 4.30pm in the ground floor Committee Room of Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, close to Nottingham railway station and the city centre.

Nottingham is easy to reach by public transport from many areas of the UK.

The seminar is primarily intended for library staff who work with music, in all its aspects, in a public library setting for some...

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