Soldiers’ Tales: Collecting and Sharing Military and Musical Heritage

Thursday 22 August 2019. Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB

MIRN (the Musical Instruments Resource Network) and AMOT (the Army Museums Ogilby Trust) are working together to present a day of training and skills sharing, focusing onissues surrounding the role of music and instruments in military contexts. The sessions will include:

  • A presentation by a trainer from the Oral History Society followed by a sample oral history interview;
  • A ‘Collections in Flux’ panel to discuss and invite questions on the conservation, documentation and curatorial issues surrounding the storage, moving and redisplay of collections;
  • Talks about the practicalities of touring exhibitions featuring the Horniman’s touring ‘Object in Focus’ programme and an exploration of potential touring exhibitions by the Museum of Army Music (MAM);
  • A live lecture/demonstration of playable military instruments from the Bate Collection including the historic Simon Beale trumpet dating from 1667.

Places are limited; booking is essential and early registration is encouraged. AMOT and MIRN gratefully acknowledge the support of the Art Fund in enabling this joint event to be offered free to participants. Lunch and refreshments are included. To avoid waste, please inform the organisers ( of cancellations no later than 8th August.

MIRN’s AGM will immediately follow the symposium.

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Note: this event has been scheduled to run the day before the joint Bate Collection/Galpin Society conference on Musical Instrument Collectors and Collections (Friday 23rd-Sunday 25th August) at the same venue; the draft programme for that conference is now available for download and the conference is open for registration.