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Sound Heritage Grant from AHRC

Published: 17 December 2014

Professor Jeanice Brooks from Music has just been awarded a grant under the Research Networking scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The award will support a project bringing scholars of history, historical musicology, and historically informed performance practice together with curators, conservators and visitor experience professionals from the heritage sector, to jointly address issues of research and interpretation raised by music in country houses of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Professor Brooks will lead the network along with co-investigator Professor Jonathan Wainwright from the University of York.  The grant provides £32,000 towards the cost of study days involving participants from the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA.  The events will address challenges to historical music research in heritage properties, issues in research management of music collections in historic houses, and interpretive approaches to music for use in heritage today.  The network aims to pool and extend existing knowledge and to improve communication and partnership between academics and heritage sector researchers, and to generate innovative ideas for the practical deployment of music in country houses to enhance visitors' understanding of their musical past.

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