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  • JN keynote

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 23 Aug 2019
EventGalpin Society Conference: Musical Instrument Collectors and Collections - University of Oxford, Oxford
Duration: 23 Aug 201925 Aug 2019


ConferenceGalpin Society Conference
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This keynote relates to the Galpin Society Conference on Collectors and Collecting. As the programme includes fascinating papers relating to individual collectors and collections, I decided to offer an overview in order to try to build a context and overarching structure into which the various detailed presentations fit. So my main themes are:
• Collecting: why do it?
• What is a Collection?
• History of Collecting and Collectors
• Formalisation of Collections
• Is there a future for Collections?
• The Lives of Objects
• Musical Instrument Collecting Today

    Research areas

  • musical instruments, collections, collectors, collecting, objects


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