Search database for information on musical instruments held in public collections.

The UK’s largest online collection of historical musical instruments, including 151 harpsichords, held in more than 100 musical instrument collections in the UK.

Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh   (see below for direct link to Russell Collection)

Europeana- Details of Harpsichord related items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.­portal/­search.html?query=harpsichords

Edward L Kottick with George Lucktenberg – ‘Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museums’
Indiana University Press, 1997.

Location and details of Historic Instruments in various Collections­disegniTecnici/­disegni.xls

The Cobbe Collection of Keyboard Instruments, Hatchlands, Surrey

The Russell Collection, University of Edinburgh

The Bate Collection, Oxford University­

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, University of Oxford.
A short booklet describing members of the harpsichord family exhibited in the gallery.

Catalogue of keyboard instruments in the Royal College of Music Museum, London

V&A Museum Collection, London.   Information about the collection, dispersed or put into store, February 2010.

Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Includes a selection of early keyboard instruments from the V&A collection­visit/­displays/­display/­music-gallery/­display-chapter/­music-gallery

The Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments
housed at Fenton House, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SP­fenton-house/­things-to-see-and-do/­
See ‘Archive’>’Reviews’ re a book by Mimi S Waitzman describing the Collection & its history.

The Royal Northern College of Instruments, Manchester, has a valuable collection of keyboard instruments including an Italian pentagonal virginal, bentside spinets by Harris and Anon and harpsichords by Culliford and Shudi/Broadwood.­research/­resources/­collection/­#
Contact the Librarian to make an appointment.  

The Hans Adler Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments,  University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.­

The Andreas Beurmann collection of historical keyboard instruments.

Catalogue “Portrait of a Collection. The Beurmann Collection in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and at the estate of  Hasselburg in East Holstein, Germany.”
For Link to Real samples from this collection, see ‘Harpsichord– >About’ page

Cité de la Musique Philharmonie de Paris

‘Tagliavini Collection’, Vols.1&2 full catalogue in Italian; Vol.3 summary in English,
Published by Bononia University Press

Museum Vleeshuis/Sound of the City (Museums & Heritage Antwerp)