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Royal College of Music collections awarded prestigious Designated status

Friday 29 January 2021

The RCM's internationally renowned collection of musical materials has been awarded Designated status by Arts Council England.

Royal College of Music Museum digitises remarkable collection of ancient Chinese instruments

Monday 18 May 2020

The Royal College of Music Museum has collaborated with the Committee of Chinese Musical Instrument Museums and Collections to make around 200 ancient musical instruments accessible online.

Museum blog: Fun, facts and fiction

Friday 29 November 2019

How creating good stories and songs helps families with early years children engage with heritage and museum collections

RCM Museum offers unique opportunity to join Teacher Ambassador Programme

Thursday 10 October 2019

The RCM Museum is offering secondary school classroom teachers of music, history and art & design a unique opportunity to become part of the RCM Museum community through the Teacher Ambassador Programme 2019-20.

Museum blog: On a journey of discovery

Monday 3 June 2019

Lydia Baldwin explores the experiences and ideas shared by our Museum team and roadshow visitors as the RCM collection continues its travels.

Museum blog: Diversity matters

Friday 26 April 2019

Opening up access to music is one of the most important challenges faced by musical institutions today. We were delighted to be awarded a grant by the Museum of London Diversity Matters programme

Royal College of Music Museum sends 16th-century harpsichord to Oman

Friday 18 January 2019

The Royal College of Music Museum has lent one of its most prized items to the V&A for a tour of their Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

Museum Blog: The experience of handling museum objects

Thursday 3 January 2019

Teacher Ambassadors at a Learning Day get chance to handle objects from the RCM collections, including playable instruments.

Museum Blog: Rediscovering an original Edward Burne-Jones drawing

Tuesday 18 December 2018

At the Royal College of Music Museum we have been busy sorting through uncatalogued parts of our collection. In amongst a box of drawings we recently made a very exciting discovery.

Royal College of Music awarded Special Commendation by Research England

Tuesday 11 December 2018

The RCM has been awarded a Special Commendation by Research England for its three-year Global Challenges Research Fund strategy.

Over 1,000 Milein Cosman sketches acquired by Royal College of Music Museum

Monday 3 December 2018

The Royal College of Music Museum has acquired 1,300 musical portraits by celebrated German artist Milein Cosman.

Royal College of Music Museum on the road again

Tuesday 20 November 2018

The Royal College of Music Museum Roadshow returns with a new pop-up exhibition and events at Kensington & Chelsea Central Library on 10 and 11 December.

RCM Museum treasures on loan to three of the world's leading art museums

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Two significant portraits from the RCM collection are on loan to exhibitions in London, Paris and Venice.

Museum blog: Which came first, the music or the instrument?

Monday 4 June 2018

In our latest roadshow exhibition, we look at the relationship between music and musical instruments and how their mutual influence creates a continuous cycle of creativity and invention.

Museum blog: The Shipwrecked Harp

Monday 21 May 2018

RCM Museum Research Assistant Anna Maria Barry received an unusual request this month from some curious scuba divers...

On the road with the RCM Museum

Wednesday 16 May 2018

The Royal College of Music Museum’s Roadshow returns next week with a pop up exhibition and events at the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey.

Museum Blog: The Musician who Married a Doll

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Anna Maria Barry, RCM Museum Research Assistant, tells the strange story of Domenico Dragonetti and his obsession with wooden dolls. 

Royal College of Music brings extraordinary musical discovery to life

Monday 16 April 2018

The Royal College of Music has made the first ever recording of a song by Robert Ramsey after its manuscript was discovered in a mysterious 17th century painting.

Museum Blog: A futuristic view of musical heritage

Friday 9 March 2018

Lydia Cracknell, RCM Museum Learning and Participation Officer, takes us on a journey through time to discover more about the RCM Museum, its new roadshow, and music itself.

Royal College of Music Museum hits the road

Monday 29 January 2018

The Royal College of Music Museum’s Roadshow launches this February.

Museum blog: Meet the Learning & Participation Officer

Friday 19 May 2017

Find out more about Lydia Cracknel, Learning & Participation Officer at the Royal College of Music Museum.

Museum Blog: The work of a volunteer

Monday 20 November 2017

As our volunteering programme finishes its first cycle, Leah Barngrover discusses her time as a volunteer and what she thought about getting her hands on with some unseen parts of our collection.

Gabriele Rossi Rognoni appointed to Personal Chair of Material Culture and Music

Monday 13 November 2017

RCM Museum Curator’s work and research recognised with new title

Royal College of Music launches major UK-wide virtual museum

Thursday 26 October 2017

The Royal College of Music is proud to bring together 5,000 years of musical heritage from 200 UK collections in a major new website documenting 20,000 historically significant musical instruments.

RCM Museum launches Samuel Coleridge-Taylor exhibition

Monday 16 October 2017

The Royal College of Music Museum has launched a digital exhibition about alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor for Black History Month. 

Museum Blog: Museum Decant – a conservator's perspective

Monday 18 September 2017

Conservator Susana Caldeira shares her insights following the decant of the Royal College of Music Museum.

Museum blog: Museum decant – a curator's perspective

Friday 15 September 2017

Curator Gabriele Rossi Rognoni shares his insights following the decant of the Royal College of Music Museum.

RCM Museum launches new digital catalogue

Wednesday 28 June 2017

The RCM Museum has launched a brand new digital catalogue, opening up its rich collection to an online audience.

Museum blog: Meet the Museum Administrator

Friday 2 June 2017

Find out more about Erin McHugh, Museum Administrator at the Royal College of Music Museum.

Museum blog: Meet the curator

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Find out more about Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, curator at the Royal College of Music Museum

Museum blog: Meet the Digitisation & Documentation Officer

Friday 26 May 2017

Find out more about Richard Martin, Digitisation & Documentation Officer at the Royal College of Music Museum.

Museum blog: Meet the Conservator

Friday 12 May 2017

Find out more about Susana Caldeira, Conservator at the Royal College of Music Museum.

Amadeus Quartet Archive gifted to the RCM

Wednesday 1 March 2017

The Royal College of Music has been generously gifted a significant collection of archive materials from the Amadeus Quartet, one of the most celebrated string quartets of the 20th century.

RCM Museum launches Teacher Ambassador Programme

Monday 19 December 2016

The RCM Museum has launched a professional learning community to build brand-new, collections-based learning and outreach programmes and resources for schools.

RCM’s MINIM-UK Cataloguers visit Collections Around the UK

Monday 7 November 2016

MINIM-UK Cataloguers from the RCM are visiting collections throughout the UK to inspect and catalogue musical instruments, which will form part of the project's new online database of historic instruments.

RCM Museum Embarks on Recording Project

Tuesday 29 November 2016

New audio and video recordings of our playable historical instruments will benefit students, staff and the public alike.

RCM Museum Staff Explore Possibility of New Acquisitions

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Royal College of Music Museum Curator Gabriele Rossi Rognoni and Conservator Susana Caldeira have visited a private collection to view a number of historical keyboard instruments.

Heritage Lottery Fund Success

Thursday 13 October 2016

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £3,634,418 to fund the redevelopment of the RCM Museum.