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Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street
Picnic Orchestra


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Free AdmissionFree

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Throughout 2017 the Herschel Museum will be joining the other museums of the Trust in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Crescent which also happens to coincide with the anniversary of William Herschel taking up his position as Director of Music in the City. Although the Herschels are best known for their astronomical achievements, the young Hanoverian émigré was an accomplished and versatile musician whose ambitions attracted him to Bath with its constant round of concerts and musical entertainments. Herschel was a prolific composer, musician and teacher, whilst his sister Caroline excelled as a singer in the many concerts and recitals conducted by her brother. 

The Jubilate exhibition will give an insight into the music and popular instruments of the Georgian period and the personalities which gave Bath its unrivalled reputation as a cultural centre. It includes a selection of musical instruments, plus musical scores, cartoons, paintings and other material from the archives at Bath Public Library.  

The Jubilate Concert Series will pay homage to the composers and musicians who also worked in Bath (such as Joseph Haydn and Herschel’s successor, Venanzio Rauzzini) which will run in conjunction with the exhibition. There will be a series of five concerts developed in collaboration with Bath Spa University featuring a variety of ensembles playing a wide ranging programme so there will be something for everyone.  


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Tel: 01225 446865

Opening Times

Opening (19 Apr 2017 - 10 Dec 2017)
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