Friends of the Bate


The Friends exist to support the Bate Collection in all aspects of its work

Current projects

Current projects supported by the Friends' include: the provision of an interactive display for use in the gallery, support towards the purchase, restoration and photography of new specimens. We have recently provided a Sound Guide for visitors including samples of instruments in the collection being played. This has been a huge hit with our visitors. Our next major project is to assist with the production of gallery guides.

Benefits of membership

  • Newsletter three times a year containing articles about the collection and events
  • Informal musical introductions to the collection
  • Musical events including concerts and recitals
  • Lectures on musical instruments, composers and society
  • Exclusive access to the museum for private events
  • Discount at the Collection's shop, which has many unusual, musically themed gifts
  • The satisfaction of aiding a world-class collection in the acquisition, maintenance and display of important musical instruments

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As well as the usual Friend's activities, many members actively participate in the Bate Volunteer programme. Recent activities have included: Helping with preparing Special Exhibitions; Assiting with the care and conservation of the collection; playing instruments as part of the Archival Recording project; And helping Andy tidy the work-room (not a very popular activity)!

If you have any questions, please contact the Bate Manager at 



Friends Committee

Chairman:  Sarah Montagu

Secretary:  Andy Lamb

Treasurer:  Lee J Palmer


David Edwards

Alice Little

Michael Bardsley

Jo Fearnley

Peter Mickelthwait

Michael Fleming

Emanuela Vai


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