Historical musical instruments from UK museums

Royal College of Music Museum

The MINIM-UK project saw over 20,000 historic instruments from national museums such as the British Museum, V&A, and the Science Museum digitized and gathered into a database by specialist cataloguers. As the largest national resource about musical instruments in public collections, this database is of great significance to musicians, historians and others. To allow the general public to explore and engage with this unprecedented collection, The Royal College of Music, together with partner organizations, commissioned Surface Impression to develop a user-focused web interface.

The project was supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2015, and was led by the Royal College of Music in partnership with Edinburgh University, the Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Royal Academy of Music, supported by Google Arts and Culture