We are fortunate to have gathered round the project an advisory committee representing a wide spectrum of relevant knowledge and skills. Many of them make themselves available to give advice. Others actively volunteer. The Museum now needs paid staff to respond to queries about the collection, to arrange visits by researchers and to process orders for images.
A full condition survey will be required, and meanwhile many items await urgent attention by specialist conservators.
Music curatorship is an area of discrete specialist expertise not currently represented in any existing UK and EU training programmes. That this state of affairs persists, in spite of the potential for developing such programmes within established museums and academic institutions, is indicative of the lowly status of music collections in public hands. The Museum of Music History intends to develop a mentoring programme, drawing upon internal expertise, to train a new generation of musical curators for its collections, working in such a venture with academic partners.
- website development
The planned expansion of our website is essential to the development of the Museum's profile. The Trustees are grateful to the Helen Roll Charity for generously underwriting the cost of setting up the present website and hope that others will come forward to ensure that it continues to develop as envisaged. As well as financial support, the Trustees welcome approaches regarding possible collaboration and support, both for specific projects and longer term objectives.