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27 April 2018 – Free Organ Workshop Study Day: 
focusing on an anonymous English Chamber Organ, c.1790
Reproduction, © Bloomsbury Auctions


This organ, formerly at Finchcocks, was acquired by the Horniman Museum and Gardens in 2016 with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is now under restoration by organ builders Goetze & Gwynn in their Nottinghamshire workshop.

The Horniman Museum and the HLF are jointly sponsoring a Study Day at Goetze & Gwynn’s workshop where the restoration of the organ to good playing order is in progress. The instrument, which will be at least partly disassembled, will be able to be viewed, and Dominic Gwynn (partner and director) will talk about practical aspects of the restoration, its documentation and the general approach towards the work. He and other members of the workshop team will also invite questions for discussion. Mimi Waitzman, Deputy Keeper of Musical Instruments at the Horniman Museum, will speak about the future of the organ at the Museum, its installation and planned engagement activities for 2019-20. Ideas about the scope and direction of future musical instrument-related activities at the Museum will be welcomed.

Participants may also wish to visit the Harley Gallery (open 10-5) and/or the Portland Collection (open 11-4), only a short walk from the organ workshop on the Welbeck Estate, before and after the Study Day or during the lunchtime break from 12.30-2pm.


Date: Friday, 27th April 2018

Venue: 1 East Workshops, Welbeck Estate, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, S80 3LW

Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

Places are limited to 20. Attendance is free, but a ticket is required. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Participants must arrange for their own transport to and from the workshop.

Booking: Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book, please send an email to with the following information: Name, Postal address, Email address, Phone number, Any dietary or access requirements. The return email will be your ticket. Please present it on the day to obtain entrance.



The 2018 meeting of CIMCIM will be held in China, 10–16 September 2018 (5 days, of which 3 days are in Wuhan, and 2 days in Shanghai). The proposed theme is: ‘Theory, Technology, Methods: Museums’ Interpretation of Traditional Music.’ The venues include the Hubei Provincial Museum (Wuhan) and Shanghai Oriental Musical Instruments Museum (Shanghai). Further details here. Call for papers, below:

Call for papers, due by 28th February 2018: The ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Music (CIMCIM) welcomes abstracts for their 2018 meeting, which will take place in Hubei and Shanghai (China), between the 10th and 16th September 2018.

The theme of the conference is ‘Theory, Technology and Methods: Museums’ Interpretation of Musical Traditions’. Papers should focus on museological perspectives and approaches to the interpretation, presentation, documentation and conservation, of music traditions through collections in the museum setting. Papers on the impact that museums can have in supporting and stimulating music traditions outside their institutions, and on how musical traditions can influence the way music is displayed will also be welcome.

Papers will be twenty minutes in length with ten minutes allotted for questions and discussion afterwards. Presentations may be made in English or Standard Chinese (simultaneous translation will be provided). A poster session will also be held in Shanghai and proposals for standard size printed posters are also invited. Depending on the number of proposals, short presentations (10 minutes) on topics outside the conference call might also be included in the programme.

Please submit an abstract of max. 300 words by the 28th February 2018 to specifying clearly whether your proposal is for a full paper (20 min), a free/short paper (10 min) or a printed poster. Proposals will be examined by a panel which includes representatives of CIMCIM and of the Organising Institutions. Confirmations of accepted papers will be sent by the 30th March 2018 and abstracts will be published on the conference webpage.
We are also aiming at printing extended versions (ca1,500 words) of the successful papers as pre-print before the conference and extended texts will be invited by the 15th July.

Some travel grants will be available to contribute to the cost of attending the conference and a call will be issued in the next weeks.

CIMCIM Conference 2018 Organising Committee:
Zeng Pan (Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan)
Zhang Xiang (Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan)
Shi Yin (Oriental Musical Instrument Museum, Shanghai)
Xing Yuan (Oriental Musical Instrument Museum, Shanghai)
Peiyao Yu (Chloe Yu) (Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan)
Eric De Visscher (V&A Research Institute, London)
Christina Linsenmeyer (University of the Arts, Helsinki)
Ken Moore (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, Royal College of Music (London)


  • An excellent Report on the MIRN conference, held on 12 October 2017, has been published in the current Galpin Society Newsletter, p.5.
  • Several MIRN members attended the one-day workshop on ‘Music & Material Culture‘, held at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday, 7 December. Mimi Waitzman (Chair, MIRN) writes:

The one-day conference in Cambridge, billed as a ‘workshop’, on Music and Material Culture brought together an array of disparate topics that attempted to give shape, substance and meaning to the very broad theme. We learned of many ways that material manifestations of music and music-making extend beyond musical scores and instruments to furniture, buildings, scientific endeavour and even philosophies of exhibiting music and musical materials in museums. The different relationships that societies construct between music and the other arts were also explored. All-in-all, a stimulating day with many mind-opening discussions and presentations.

Gabriele Rossi-Rognoni, Curator of Musical Instruments at the Royal College of Music, London, and MIRN member, giving a paper on ‘Defining “Old” vs. “New” Organologies’ at the workshop in Cambridge.
  • MIRN members Jenny Nex (Secretary) and Arnold Myers attended the Museums Association Conference in Glasgow on 7-9 November where they represented MIRN at  a stand dedicated to all Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs). Jenny writes:

Representatives of MIRN contributed to the presence of Subject Specialist Networks at the Museums Association Conference in Glasgow in November.  The trade fair area, which included representatives from a wide range of businesses and organisations which support museums, their staff and their users, was a busy space, particularly at break times.  Conference delegates were able to meet representatives from a number of the different networks and to find out more about us and what we offer.  It was important for MIRN to be visible here since many collections contain at least one musical instrument and most collections don’t have a musical instrument specialist.  It was also useful to meet representatives from other networks and to discuss ways which we could work across networks in the future.

Jenny Nex representing MIRN, the UK’s Subject Specialist Network for Musical Instruments, at the Museums Association Conference in Glasgow in November. MIRN leaflets can be seen in front of her on the table.