The Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia. It is home to a diverse collection of art, photographs, costumes, musical scores and instruments acquired by Percy Grainger.
In 2020 the Grainger Museum closed to public due to the global pandemic. During that time, it undertook a strategic review of the Museum’s activations and programs.
A new Grainger strategy is in development focusing on Research, Teaching and Learning and creative residencies for artists, academics, and students as well as reinstatement of original cabinets from 1938.
The forward program for the Museum will reflect Percy Grainger as a world-renowned composer, the heritage-listed Grainger Museum building, and the collection and archive.
From semester 2, 2022 the Museum will reinstate original cabinets from 1938 alongside a selection of curated objects from the Collection for visitors to engage with. The Museum and its Collection are still accessible for teaching, learning and research. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 12:30pm - 1:30pm#brownmaninawhitemuseum 3Event
Thursday 12:30pm - 1:30pm#brownmaninawhitemuseum 2Event
Thursday 12:30pm - 12:50pmGarba for Grainger with Jainam MashruwalaEvent
Wednesday 6pm - 7pmUncanny BodiesEvent
Wednesday 12:30pm - 1:30pmCircling ArchitectureEvent
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pmJohn Gawler: Architect & EducatorEvent
Saturday 12pm - 1pm#brownmaninawhitemuseum 1Event
Friday 8pm - 10pmMusic Performance: Invisible RealitiesEvent
Thursday 12:30pm - 1:30pmColour, Music and SynaesthesiaEvent
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pmReimagining the GraingerEvent
Monday 6pm - 7pmNo More Vanilla: Grainger, Pleasure & PainEvent
Colourful clouds chasing the moon: Chinese music ensemble in MultivocalEvent
Threshold: 12 percussionists, 2 vocal soloists and the Federation BellsEvent
Living Instruments at Melbourne Knowledge WeekEvent
The Grainger Museum is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia.
Its fascinating collection contains not only objects directly related to Percy Grainger's compositional career, such as scores and manuscripts, but also more than 50,000 items, including diaries, ethnographic objects, furniture, decorative arts, photographs, artworks, clothing and correspondence with famous and not-so-famous contemporaries.
Grainger began planning the Museum after his mother's death in 1922 and it was officially opened in December 1938. The building was designed by the University's architect, John Gawler of the firm Gawler and Drummond, in close consultation with Grainger. The Museum's historical and architectural significance is recognised by the building's inclusion on the Register of the National Estate and the Victorian Heritage Register, and its classification by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
In 1955, Grainger set down his revised Aims of the Grainger Museum, outlining his 'cosmopolitan and universalist outlook on music'.
A brief history of the Grainger Museum.
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Academic Reference Group
The Grainger Academic Reference Group provided academic advice on the curriculum, research and programming activities of the Grainger Museum.
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