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Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
Bate Collection of Musical Instruments is located in Oxford city centre
Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
Established 1968
Location St. Aldate's, Oxford, England
Type University museum of musical instruments

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments is a collection of historic musical instruments, mainly for Western classical music, from the medieval period onwards. It is housed in Oxford University's Faculty of Music near Christ Church on St. Aldate's.

The collection is open to the public and is available for academic study by appointment. There are frequent gallery events and special exhibitions. More than a thousand instruments by important English, French and German makers, are on display, showing the musical and mechanical development of wind and percussion instruments from the Renaissance to the current day.[1]

The collection is named after Philip Bate who gave his collection of musical instruments to the University of Oxford in 1968, on the condition that it was used for teaching and was provided with a specialist curator to care for and lecture on it.[2] The collection also houses an archive of his papers.

The Collection also houses the Reginald Morley-Pegge Memorial Collection of Horns and other Brass and Woodwind Instruments; the Anthony Baines Collection; the Edgar Hunt Collection of Recorders and other instruments; the Jean Henry Collection, the Taphouse Keyboard Loans; the Roger Warner Keyboard Collection; the Michael Thomas Keyboard Collection; a number of instruments from the Jeremy Montagu Collection; a complete workshop of the English bow-maker William C Retford, as well as a small collection of Bows formed in his memory, the Wally Horwood Collection of books and recordings, and other instruments acquired by purchase and gift.[1]

An Album, 'Voices From The Past, Vol. 2: Instruments of The Bate Collection' has been released in 2015.


  1. ^ a b "A short history". The Bate Collection. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  2. ^ Hélène La Rue, 'Bate, Philip Argall Turner (1909–1999)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.

External links

  • Bate Collection website
  • Places feature — The Bate Collection, BBC Oxford — Dr Hélène La Rue tells how the collection's founder, Philip Bate, became involved in music
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