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Wednesday 9 September, 2020

It is an astonishing collection of banding memorabilia – and work is under way to preserve the Brass Band Archive for the benefit of future generations.

The extensive array of historic documents, instruments, music and artefacts is currently in storage at Brass Bands England’s headquarters in Barnsley, but it is hoped that the items can be moved to new premises, where they can be more easily accessible.

Alex Parker, partnership and relationship development manager at BBE, said: “It’s now two years since the Brass Band Archive had to leave its previous premises in Wigan and in that time we have been actively investigating the best way for this fascinating collection to get back on public display.”

“There are more than 8,000 sets of brass band music, countless historic programmes and photographs, plus a vast array of other artefacts in the collection, but every single one of them needs careful examination before it can all be available for the banding public again and that requires considerable resources. BBE is currently exploring various funding sources and we are in discussion with several institutions in order to find a suitable home for it all. Like nearly everything else, COVID-19 has unfortunately delayed the process somewhat, which is frustrating for everyone.”

Alex added: “Hopefully there will be some real progress soon. Apart from anything else we would like half of our office space back but we realise how important material like this is to many people and we’re exploring every avenue to get the Brass Band Archive back to full operation as soon as possible.”

Image: Lorne Campbell