The Elgar Birthplace Museum

   
Address : Crown East Lane
Address : Lower Broadheath
Town/City : Worcester
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : WR2 6RH
Phone : 01905 333 330
Web Site :  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs

This popular Museum, dedicated to the life and times of England's best loved composer, is situated 3 miles west of the cathedral city of Worcester.

 

 

In the modern Elgar Visitor Centre you can explore Sir Edward Elgar's life and musical development through interactive exhibitions featuring old film and photographs which transport visitors back to Elgar's Victorian and Edwardian past and breathe life into the fascinating objects on display.


The picturesque grade II Listed Birthplace Cottage still retains its unique charm and remains the highlight of any visit to the Museum. Here you can capture the atmosphere of Elgar's "study" and see objects including his desk which he would have used daily throughout his composing life. In other rooms you can discover Elgar's family and friends, his varied hobbies including golf, cycling and chemistry, and find out about his extensive travels abroad to a myriad of places including Germany, America and the Amazon rainforest.


A highlight is the Jubilee Family Garden, which was created to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Garden includes outdoor musical instruments which can be enjoyed by the whole family, as well as introducing children to music and composition. A fun addition to the Jubilee Family Garden is a mural by local artists weloveart. The piece, titled 'Cycle d'Amour', was installed at the start of the Tour of Britain and depicts Elgar on his bicycle, hurtling towards you as he may have done whilst cycling the lanes of Worcestershire whilst looking for inspiration for his music in his natural surroundings. In the delightful cottage garden you can sit with Elgar as he takes in the view towards the Malvern Hills which inspired so much of his work. Enjoy Elgar's thatched summer house and the beautiful colours of the traditionally planted cottage garden whatever the season. Find out more about the garden and the Elgar statue with the interactive outdoor "Chatter Boxes", which provide informative commentary.


End your visit by browsing in the gift shop which is well-stocked with gifts, cards and souvenirs and which holds an unrivalled collection of Elgar CDs. Relax in the cafe bar area where you can enjoy Elgar's wonderful music over morning coffee or afternoon tea. Museum entry also includes a free audio guide with an introduction to the Museum by world renowned mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker, as well as an informative introductory video to Elgar and his life.


The Museum has a full and varied events programme which ranges from regular talks, concerts and exhibitions. These events take place in the Carice Elgar Room, a multifunction room which is also available for private hire. For families and those with younger children there is a new Family Events Programme for 2016, packed with craft workshops and quirky trails during the school holidays.


Groups are always welcome and special benefits are in place to make these visits unique. There are Joint Visits with other local tourist attractions in the area including Spetchley Park Gardens, the George Marshall Medical Museum, the Tudor House Heritage Centre, Lovells Vineyard in Malvern and the National Trust Brockhampton Estate. And groups of 25 or more can book an exclusive private evening visit just for them!

 

We are ten minutes off Junction 7 of the M5 at Worcester, just off the A44 - simply follow the Worcester ring road (A4440). Do not follow Elgar Route signs.

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