Blog: Research

Darts, ruins, and a cimbalom

8. March 2017

Very occasionally being a music librarian can take you to the most unexpected places. I've recently returned from a trip to Basel prompted by a production of a new ballet, Robin Hood , choreographed by British choreographer, Richard Wherlock , the Director and Chief Choreographer of Ballett Basel. So, what was the connection with my usual life in Cambridge University Library's Music Department? Music for the ballet was primarily by British composers, and included two, whose archives we hold here - William Alwyn and Sir Arthur Bliss . London in the 1960s, John Barry and Arthur Bliss, dartboards and the Kray Twins...I had to find out what it was about.

New music library for Leeds' cultural quarter

1. November 2016

In 2017, Leeds College of Music will be moving their music library to the Quarry Hill Skyline building, dramatically increasing the resources available to their students, and opening up their impressive facilities to the public.

The new library will house Leeds...

Happy New Year!

29. September 2016

For academic librarians throughout the UK and Ireland it's the start of another academic year. Over the next few weeks we'll see lots of eager new faces, often looking slightly scared along with worried looking final years. Some of the librarians are looking pretty worried too as they start library induction tours and talks; and plan user education. How can we make sure new readers appreciate the importance of our collections, and know what a library can do for them?

Then there are...

All the fun of the Fair

19. September 2016

Despite September’s impressive attempts to imitate our August heat wave, summer is finally over. Autumn has rolled in and schools and universities have resumed business as usual. Here at Westminster Music Library , however, we do not resent the end of summer. The beginning of the school year brings with it thousands of students, and many of them musicians. Did you know that there are five specialist music...

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