The Bate Collection celebrates the history and development of musical instruments in a global context, from the medieval period until the present day. The Collection is made available for study, research and judicious use by scholars, students, makers, and players, so as to enhance and increase the knowledge of the history of music as well as the enjoyment of historic performance for all. The Bate Collection is a unique resource in the national and international landscape. Music students in our Faculty can benefit from visiting the Collection, studying the archival material related to these instruments, and playing the instruments themselves.
Please, always enquire about borrowing an instrument before coming to the Bate Collection, as instruments need to be prepared in advance for the loan.
Follow the link to the Bate website for the instrument loan proceedure.