Elgar Festival celebrates 75 years of the Elgar Birthplace Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 27 May 2010
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Outside Cottage with Edward Elgar, volunteer Anne Gardner, Paul Harding and Helen Lee from Discover History. Courtesy Museum

A Sir Edward Elgar Festival will be taking place at The Elgar Birthplace Museum on May 30 and 31 2010 to celebrate the Museum’s 75th anniversary.

In a coup for the Museum Margaret Elgar, Elgar’s great niece, will give a talk about her memories of Sir Edward on Monday May 31 at 2.45pm

“Carice Elgar, Elgar’s daughter, was instrumental in setting up the Museum and the Elgar family have supported the Museum over the last 75 years,” said Cathy Sloan, Museum Director.

“It is an honour therefore that Margret Elgar has agreed to talk about her family memories during the festival thereby continuing this vital support.”

There is a packed series of events taking place across the weekend, including everything from monologues, period songs and hand bell ringers, all performed by artists from the local community.

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On the bench with Edward Elgar, Paul Harding and Helen Lee from Discover History. Courtesy the Museum

The Worcester based company “Discover History” will provide a living history display with an Edwardian Tea Party and by talking to visitors about life in the Edwardian era.

Museum staff and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions about the Museum and there will be guided tours of the Birthplace Cottage from Elgar’s “mother”, Anne Elgar.

Following an approach from the National Health Service, the Museum has agreed to make a pictorial record of the Festival for inclusion in the Time Capsule which is to be buried at the new Malvern Hospital later this year.

“We were delighted to take part in the time capsule project,” said Mary Duffy, the Museum's Marketing Officer. “The Festival is our way of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Museum with the local community and it is very exciting to think that future generations will discover the Museum and Festival as it was in 2010.”

For further information go to the website www.elgarmuseum.org or telephone 01905 333224 or email birthplace@elgarmuseum.org

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