The Raymond Russell Collection and the Rodger Mirrey Collection
illustrate the history of keyboard instruments from the sixteenth to the
nineteenth century. They are housed in St Cecilia's Hall,
Edinburgh, the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland. The hall
was acquired by Edinburgh University in 1959 to provide a home for the
collection of early keyboard instruments of the late Raymond Russell,
which forms the core of the present collection, and a department of
early keyboard instruments within the Faculty of Music (now the Reid
School of Music, part of the Edinburgh College of Art). The Rodger
Mirrey Collection was added in 2005. The hall is used for concerts
organised by the Friends, the University, and outside organisations.
The Anne Macaulay Collection of Plucked String Instruments is also
housed at the hall.
The St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments is open to the
public every Wednesday and Saturday, 14:00 - 17:00 except in the weeks
of Christmas and New Year. During the Edinburgh International and
Fringe Festival 2013 it is also open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30 - 17:00.
Please check the local press or telephone 0131 650 2422, during normal
office hours. Arrangements can sometimes be made for special viewing
outwith the above hours.
The Friends of St Cecilia's Hall and Museum work to:
- raise funds to buy instruments
- acquire books and other material about the history of the instruments
- organise and promote educational projects
- help generally with the work of the Hall and the Collection.
Our main fundraising effort is our series of concerts for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition, we sell CDs and books connected with the collection, plus technical drawings, data-sheets and photographs of instruments in the Collection.
The Friends of St Cecilia's Hall are members of the British Association of Friends of Museums, an organisation which provides support and encouragement for Friends groups.