10/11/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Old keyboards & new technology

53bb9598-5adc-4704-a693-86ed9da33a54

Unrivalled online museum of musical curiosities opens its digital doors

 

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about the UK’s most important musical instruments has been launched at minim-uk

 

From ancient Egyptian bone clappers in the form of human hands to instruments owned by Charles II, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria and composers such as Elgar and Chopin, and the earliest-known stringed keyboard instrument in the world, the public will be able to visit a single virtual location for the first time and freely explore the UK’s most important musical instruments.

 

The instruments, currently held in 200 separate collections across the UK, have been gathered together in a virtual museum at www.minim.ac.uk thanks to a major project led by the Royal College of Music, in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Royal Academy of Music, University of Edinburgh, and Google Arts and Culture, with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

Many of these collections have not been easily accessible to the public before, many of them hidden in local collections and remote locations, unseen in storage, or not previously documented online. MINIM-UK has brought together the resources that were already online (e.g. collections held by Victoria & Albert and British Museums) and, for the first time, fully documented and digitised others. Its cataloguers travelled over 10,000 miles for 200 days to collect photographs, video and sound recordings and stories spanning from the Scottish Highlands to the South coast.

 

 

Among the precious instruments whose sound is available online for the first time is the earliest known stringed keyboard instrument in the world, which dates from ca. 1480. So far the sound of over 400 musical instruments has been captured, and this is set to grow in future years.

 

Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, Curator of the Royal College of Music Museum, explains: ‘The instruments collected at www.minim.ac.uk are an important part of our national heritage. It is tremendously exciting to work with Google to enable so many people to connect with these beautiful and fascinating objects in a myriad of new ways. We are also delighted that thanks to the wonders of modern technology we have so many ways to allow people to explore these treasures.’

 

 

Back to News

10/11/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Pianist magazine announces new partnership with Yamaha featuring acclaimed pianist Noriko Ogawa

Six stunning piano lesson videos are to be released alongside the next six issues of Pianist. ...


Composer Kaada masterfully stuns with brand new album – Closing Statements

Kaada's new release is breathtakingly raw; an album he claims to be 'one of the most enjoyable records to ...


60 vital tips for all pianists

60 short, effective pieces of advice for players of any age and level ...


Warner Classics and Askonas Holt partner to welcome Eric Lu to their respective rosters

The winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition to release the first single from his debut album ...


Other News

American pianist Eric Lu wins The Leeds International Piano Competition

The American pianist took home the prize at Saturday's night's competition final, held at Leeds Town Hall. ...


Lie-down and Listen: A unique classical music concert designed to benefit well-being launching this month

Pianist Christina McMaster is launching a lying down concert on September 21 in London. ...


Q&A with Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madzar

The Serbian pianist talked to us about his key advice for young pianists, and mentioned his exciting upcoming ...


Pianist James Willshire delights York crowd with mesmerising performance of 'Ten New Debussys'

The British pianist lit up York Unitarian Chapel, much to the delight of the expectant crowd. ...