Royal College of Music, Department of Portraits and Performance History

Royal College of Music, Department of Portraits and Performance History
Prince Consort Road
Greater London
SW7 2BS.




020 7591 4340


020 7589 7740

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The Centre for Performance History was created as part of a major restructuring of the RCM undertaken in 2003-4, and came into being on 1 August 2004. It was formed by bringing together two well-established RCM Collections, the Museum of Instruments, and the Department of Portraits and Performance History. The Centre has facilities at two sites, the Museum of Instruments (which also has on display a few pictures from the College's collection) in South Kensington and the Portraits and Performance History Collection (PPHC) at Shepherd's Bush which houses the College's collection of performance-related archives and images. For details of the current staff, click here.

Venue Type:

Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Please note: The gallery is currently closed for refurbishment until Spring 2013.

Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:30am to 4.30pm (closed for Christmas and Easter vacations).
Group/special visits and research access may also be arranged by prior appointment

Admission charges


Collection details

Fine Art, Archives