Edward Elgar Birthplace Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
At Broadheath, just outside the city of Worcester lies the simple cottage that in 1857 saw the birth of one of England's greatest composers, Edward Elgar. Elgar's father was the organist for Worcester Cathedral, and from an early age, he was fascinated with making music.
Edward Elgar taught himself composition, and began a brilliant career of teaching, conducting, and most of all, composing. Some of his compositions are reckoned among England's great cultural traditions, such as Land of Hope and Glory, Enigma Variations, and The Dream of Gerontius. Most familiar of all is Pomp and Circumstance.
Some museums are sterile, but not so the Edward Elgar Birthplace Museum; here the cottage is laid out as it would have been during Elgar's life, with the composer's desk, collections of family mementoes, photos, and personal memorabilia scattered throughout the rooms.
A new Elgar Centre has been built beside the cottage, and this now hosts regular recitals, lectures, and other special events, as well as acting as an exhibition area for memorabilia associated with the life of Elgar.
About Edward Elgar Birthplace Museum
Address: Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, WR2 6RH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: From Worcester take the A44 towards Leominster. After 2 3/4 miles turn right onto Crown East Lane (signposted 'Broadheath - Elgar's Birthplace'). The museum is 2/3 mile further on.
Website: Edward Elgar Birthplace Museum
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: Bob Embleton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Leigh Court Barn - 2 miles (Historic Building)
Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery - 2.6 miles (Museum)
Worcester Guildhall - 2.7 miles (Historic Building)
Worcester, St Swithun's Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
The Greyfriars - 2.8 miles (Historic Building)
Worcester Cathedral - 2.8 miles (Cathedral)
Museum of Royal Worcester - 2.8 miles (Museum)
Tudor House - 2.8 miles (Historic Building)
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