Gerald Coke Handel Collection

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The catalogue includes over 12,000 books and journals, manuscripts, printed music, libretti, ephemera, sound recordings, artworks, archives and artefacts. Items continue to be added to the collection.

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Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square

London WC1N 1AZ

United Kingdom

handel@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

020 7841 3606

Visit us

The Library is normally staffed and open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am until 5pm.

Using the collection is free and by appointment; please contact us to arrange a visit.

School and university groups are welcome and we offer seminars using our collection; contact us for more details.

The collection is for reference use only. We have a microfilm reader, audio-visual equipment, wifi and power points for laptops.

Services

We can supply images from our collection for research and commercial use, and photography can also be arranged for items not yet digitised. Please contact the Library staff to discuss further.

Please contact us regarding requests for loans to external exhibitions, which will require appropriate environmental and security provisions to be in place.

Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

Gerald Coke (1907-1990) was a businessman and collector whose interests focused on Handel and on eighteenth-century porcelain. The Handel collection was allocated to the Foundling Museum, in the care of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, in 2008. The Foundation manages the endowment which supports the collection and its activities, and continues to acquire further materials as well as promoting education and research about Handel and his contemporaries.

Contact the Foundation:

Company Secretary

Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square

London WC1N 1AZ

handel@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

020 7841 3606