• The Collection

The Collection

The Elgar Birthplace Museum has a unique and nationally important collection of manuscripts, letters, press cuttings, concert programmes, diaries, recordings, books, personal possessions and memorabilia associated with the life, work and influences of Sir Edward Elgar. It is the largest and most wide-ranging collection of material associated with the composer and a wonderful resource for scholars, performers and anyone interested in Elgar's life and times.

Lettercard with drawing

The Museum collection includes more than 11,000 letters, 200 manuscripts, programmes, scrapbooks, photographs and a wide range of miscellaneous papers relating to Edward Elgar and his family. It is the base from which all the displays are drawn, but, as it is so large, it is only possible to display a small proportion of items at any one time. The collection continues to grow, thanks particularly to people who kindly donate items to the Museum.

If you want to see something which is not on display, whether for research or general interest, you can make an appointment to visit the Research Room, or, alternatively, it is possible to purchase digital images of many items in the collection. You can browse the online catalogue to find out more.