A wonderful museum and visitor centre dedicated to Sir Edward Elgar, Worcestershire’s own musical genius.
The famous British composer, Sir Edward Elgar, was born in 1857 in the idyllic village of Lower Broadheath just outside of the city of Worcester. Elgar’s father, William, was an accomplished musician and piano tuner and his mother, Ann, was passionate about the arts and stimulated his musical development. Throughout his life Sir Edward Elgar developed a large portfolio of acclaimed musical masterpieces and achieved national and international recognition for his work.
After his death in 1934, his daughter Carice Elgar Blake acquired and established a museum dedicated to Elgar in the cottage where he was born. Through much hard work and dedication she assembled an impressive collection of items that belonged to Edward as well as many of the original musical scores. There are also family photographs, scrapbooks, letters, awards and honours.
In 2000 a new visitor centre adjacent to The Firs was opened to house new displays, a recital room and shop. There is now also a lovely indoors café for visitors. There is ample free parking and outdoor picnic areas overlooking the wonderful Worcestershire countryside. Since December 20016 the management and promotion of the Museum and visitor centre has been taken over by the National Trust.
This has become a must visit place that offers a fascinating insight into the life and mind of a true British musical genius. The team at the visitor centre are welcoming and very informative. It may be tucked away in the Worcestershire countryside but it is definitely worth discovering.
The museum is not open everyday. For exact opening times please visit the National Trust information page on their website.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire, England – WR2 6RH
Sat Nav Postcode: WR2 6RH
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: WR2 6RH