Gerald Coke Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum

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Gerald Coke Handel Collection at The Foundling Museum

About the library

The collection focuses on Handel and his musical contemporaries in Britain, and comprises over12,000 items relating to 18th century music. These include about 1,000 manuscripts, as well as printed books, music scores, libretti, performance ephemera and artworks from the 18th century to the present; the collection now acquires modern research and antiquarian material, including sound recordings.

The collection was in private hands until the 1990s, and was formally opened to the public in 2004. It is used for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students from several universities, as well for scholarly research and performance repertoire discovery. The collection has many rare and unique items and a strong collection of ephemeral publications; items are frequently loaned for exhibitions elsewhere, and images supplied for publications and broadcasts.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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