Research project

Brooks AHRC Sound Heritage

Project overview

informed performance practice with curators, conservators and visitor experience professionals in the heritage sector to collaborate on research and interpretation. We aim to gain a richer understanding of how music functioned in the life of historic houses, and to find innovative ways to make these places 'sound' for today's audiences.

Sound Heritage was launched in July 2015 with a 18-month grant from the Research Networking Scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. The AHRC funded three study days in 2015-16, focussing particularly on British country houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. International participants from Ireland, Australia and the United States contributed comparative perspectives from the wider Anglophone world. For more on the presentations, performances and discussions that took place, see the project website linked below. In 2016-17, Sound Heritage expanded through engagement with two international projects launched by network members: Sound Heritage Ireland, convened by Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, and Sound Heritage Sydney, led by Dr Matthew Stephens. The network entered a new phase with the AHRC-funded Music, Home, and Heritage project, which achieved several key objectives generated by the network's contributors.


Lead researcher

Professor Jeanice Brooks

Professor of Music

Research interests

  • Renaissance music
  • Music in interwar France
  • Music and gender
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Research outputs