Our substantial collection is at present held in four locations across London and the South East.
In addition to bequeathing the substantial personal collection he developed over many years, Oliver Davies received numerous important bequests to the Museum. These often came from the estates of distinguished musicians, scholars and collectors such as Thomas Beecham, Yehudi Menuhin, Beatrice Harrison, Marie Hall, Lawrance Collingwood, Philip Jones, Carl Dolmetsch, Margaret Campbell, John Watt and Emmie Tillett. Significant acquisitions include an Erard square piano (1808) owned by Napoleon, a Broadwood grand piano (1850) owned by William Sterndale Bennett, a portrait of Sir George Grove (1861) by Sir Henry Phillips and reconstructions of medieval instruments given by Mary Remnant.
We have presented monthly Exhibitions on our website since 2010, many of them inspired by items in our collections or important anniversaries. Authored by Oliver Davies and other specialists in musicology, ballet and iconography, nearly 200 Exhibitions are now available to be viewed in our online gallery.