Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) was a prolific composer and a virtuoso pianist with an international reputation. Australian-born, he is remembered as his country's greatest composer; in England he is considered an important figure in the preservation and arrangement of English folk song, and in the United States, where he lived most of his life, he is highly regarded as a music educator, composer and arranger of band music. His genius also encompassed an extraordinary facility for languages, a strong talent for design and an innovative approach to museology.
The evidence of his creative life - his thoughts, compositions, recordings, archive and eclectic collection of artifacts - forms the Grainger Collection at the University of Melbourne.
Grainger Museum Re-opens Soon
The long-anticipated reopening of the Grainger Museum is upon us, with plans to open the museum’s doors this October. Visitors can once again tour the rich and extensive collection that documents the life and times and interests of the remarkable Percy Grainger.
The museum’s curators have put together a compelling new suite of exhibits that promise to fascinate and intrigue.
The Grainger Museum reopens following a period of major works to preserve the historic building and upgrade its facilities for visitors, staff and the collection. To receive updates and news about events, activities and opening hours, please email grainger@ unimelb.edu.au to join our mailing list.
Research Access to Collection – September and October 2010
Researchers’ requests for access to collection items will take longer during September and October 2010, while Museum staff are installing new exhibitions. We will endeavour to deliver requested material to the Cultural Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Baillieu Library within 48 hours. However, please be advised that some requests may take longer. Items stored off-site will also be retrieved and delivered to the Library on a similar time-scale.
For all enquiries regarding access to the collection, please telephone +61 3 8344 5270 or contact us by email at grainger@ unimelb.edu.au.