The aim of Sound Heritage was to bring together scholars of history, historical musicology, and historically informed performance practice with curators, conservators and visitor experience professionals in the heritage sector to collaborate on research and interpretation.
We aimed to gain a richer understanding of how music functioned in the life of historic houses and to find innovative ways to make these places 'sound' for today's audiences.
Three study days focused particularly on British country houses of the 18th and 19th centuries:
- Southampton University (6 November 2015)
- Chawton House, Hampshire (11 March 2016)
- Tatton Park, Cheshire (11 November 2016)
Jonathan Wainwright's – who was involved with the Sound Heritage project in 2015-16 – role was to help organise the days; and, with Jeanice Brooks, introduce the themes and chair papers.
Jane Troughton (PhD 2015: 'The Role of Music in the Yorkshire Country House, 1770-1850') was heavily involved. Her follow-up project with the Yorkshire Country Houses Partnership (a census of musical materials in the Yorkshire Country Houses) was funded by the Department.
Professor Wainwright is a musicologist and performer. He has published extensively on English and Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries, is an editor of scholarly editions and of contemporary English church music, and his CD recordings range from Medieval carols through to Percy Whitlock’s Organ Symphony.