ELGAR BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, CROWN EAST LANE, LOWER
ELGAR BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM/ELGAR CENTRE
Edward Elgar was born in this pretty cottage on 2nd June 1857. It
now houses a superb collection of manuscripts, memorabilia and photographs
relating to Elgar. The new Elgar Centre,adjacent to the cottage, is
now open and houses special exhibitions and events concerning the
man widely regarded as Englands greatest composer.The museum is in
the village of Lower Broadheath. The entrance is next to The Plough
From Worcester city centre take the A44 Leominster road. Just after
the roundabout junction with the A4440 southern ring road, turn right
to Lower Broadheath at Crown East Church, signposted for the Elgar
Birthplace Museum, and continue for 3/4 mile.
From the M5 leave at junction 7 and follow the A4440 Worcester southern
ring road. At its roundabout junction with the A44, turn towards
Leominster and almost immediately turn right to Lower Broadheath at
Crown East Church, sign- posted for the Elgar Birthplace Museum, and
continue for 3/4 mile.
Regular trains from London, Birmingham and all parts of the country
serve stations at Worcester Foregate Street (3 miles) or Worcester
Shrub Hill (4 miles)
From Worcester city centre (Crowngate Bus Station) an infrequent bus
service passes the Birthplace Museum, with more frequent services
to Crown East Church within a 20-minute walk of the museum: details
from the County Busline, telephone 0345 125436.
The Museum carpark is located behind The Plough Inn, 50
yards from the Birthplace.
OPEN EVERY DAY (last admission 4.15pm)
11.00am - 5.00pm
Senior Citizens £2.60
Family Ticket £8.50 (2 adults & upto 3 children)
Price reductions for group bookings. For details contact
the Museum Services Manager, Elgar Birthplace Museum, Crown East Lane,
Lower Broadheath, Worcester WR2 6RH
Telephone: (01905) 333224
Sir Edward Elgar who rose from obscurity to become England's
greatest composer for 200 years, was born on 2nd June 1857, at Broadheath
He was organist, violinist, teacher, conductor and self-taught
composer After 1900 his compositions won international recognition,
the best known being The Dream of Gerontius, the Enigma Variations,
the two Symphonies, the Concertos for violin and cello, and Land of
Hope and Glory
From 1878 to 1933 he was associated with the Three Choirs
Festivals held in Worcester. Hereford and Gloucester The statue of
Sir Edward Elgar in Worcester shows him at the age of 54 in the robes
ofa Doctor of Music, which he often wore when conducting at these
Festivals. Knighted 1904, Freeman of Worcester 1905, O.M. 1911, K.C.V.O.
1928, Baronet 1931. G.C.V.O. 1933, Master of the Kings Music 1924-1934.
He died in Worcester on 23rd February, 1934.
ELGAR'S BIRTHPLACE COTTAGE
The cottage is in the heart of the countryside Elgar
loved, near the Teme valley and facing the Malvem Hills.
The cottage now houses a unique collection of price-less
manuscripts, scores, concert programmes, and press cuttings. The collection
of photographs, spans those from the family snap-shot albums to records
of formal and solemn occasions.
The composers desk is there, laid out by his daughter,
Carice, in the way her mother prepared it when her father was composing.
This and many personal memorabilia record the great composer's life,
work, family and friends.
THE ELGAR CENTRE
Complementing the birthplace cottage is the new Elgar
centre, with a purpose built exhibition area enabling visitors to
explore Elgars musical life, inspirations and compositional
techniques. Permanent exhibitions and temporary displays show selections
from the unique collection of
press cuttings & memorabilia
Records, cassettes, music, books, postcards and souvenir
items for all the family are on sale.
A MAN & HIS MUSIC
Some shrines of great men are depressing places from
which the spirit of those they commemorate has long since fled, leaving
nothing but the mouldy atmosphere of a mausoleum. Or they are altered,
in such a way that the public feel some kind of confidence trick is
being played upon them.
But Elgar's Birthplace is in neither of these categories.
By some extraordinary alchemy it is redolent of Elgar. It is, as Barrie
might have written, a cottage that likes to be visited. It is welcoming,
and once you are there you will be absorbed into the atmosphere of
Elgar's circle of friends. The scores and photographs, the books,
his desk, mementoes and programmcs of long-past concerts, the garden-somehow
these are not relics but living testimony to Elgar's immortality:
Some years ago, when I did some research at the Birthplace and sat
there reading and copying for hours, I had the most uncanny sensation
of his spirit alive in the house, not a ghost but a presence.
Elgar's nostalgia for his childhood and for the little
cottage at Broadheath was expressed in a letter in 1917: The cottage....is
nearer the clump of Scotch firs. I can smell them now-in the hot sun.
Oh! how cruel that I was not there- there, nothing between that infancy
and now and I want to see it
Elgar's Birthplace is central to the British heritage.
The nation's artistic pulse beats there, as it does in Stratford-upon-Avon
and at Dove Cottage, Grasmere. And Elgar's music is in the air all
around you, just as he said it was.