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The Coventry Music Museum

Coventry Telegraph People's Choice Awards

In this year’s Coventry Telegraph People’s Choice Awards the Museum achieved First place in two categories:

Best Family Attraction  and  Best Independent Venue

Needless to say, the whole museum team are delighted, and extend our thanks to all the music-loving visitors who made this possible.   Thank you!

Now with even more viewing space, come and see our brand new galleries

Open Thursday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm

£3.00 Adults, £1.00 Children




This Saturday, July 30th sees the launch of our ARTICLESINSOUND project.

Come along to the museum between 10AM and 3PM to see what we’ve been doing.

Our Curator, Pete Chambers BEM will be personally signing copies of the new book; don’t miss this chance to pick-up a specially personalised copy of this totally fascinating history of the music of Coventry and Warwickshire, todl through 50 objects.

Reading time ...

The Book Is Out!

Actually two books in one, Articles In Sound is a fascinating history of Coventry and Warwickshire music, as defined through a fascinating tapestry of 50 objects; when opened at the other end, the book provides a clear, concise and up-to-date guide to the museum, its displays and exhibition areas.

Our Webmaster writes:

“With its extensive coverage of fascinating information describing a diverse range of musical artefacts from every era, it’s a “must have” for anyone who’s into any aspect of the Coventry music scene.  Turn it over and it’s an updated guide to the museum.  Fascinating reading.”

Towards the end of July, we await the release of other exciting new developments as part of our Lottery funded Articles In Sound project.

Stay tuned; stay sound.


Coventry famously gave 2-Tone music to the world. Spawning bands like The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and The Beat. 2-Tone music, as influential as it was, is only a small reflection of the vast musical talents that Coventry can lay claim to.

At the Coventry Music Museum, we tell the real story of our musical heritage, going right back to the Roman occupation. We stop along the way at Music Hall, 50’s Rock’ N’ Roll, the 60’s Beat scene and we even have the Lennon Bench, commemorating the famous ‘Acorns for Peace’ event.

There’s the 70’s, when Coventry ruled the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Our 80’s area celebrates Hazel O’Connor, The Primitives and of course, King.

In the 90’s we go all Bhangra, then we celebrate Dave Willetts in Phantom of the Opera (we even have his original Phantom mask).

Now it’s The Enemy‘s time, with many unique items from Coventry’s current hitmakers here on display.

Always keen to recognise and promote new talent, look out for our Artist of The Month!

All that’s really missing is YOU, so we hope to welcome you, very soon

Opening times Thurs-Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm

Celebrating Sir Horace

Our current Special Exhibition:

On Bass, Sir Horace Gentleman

An exhibition dedicated to Coventry’s

Horace Panter (A K A Sir Horace Gentleman)

A tribute to Horace’s massive contributions to 2-Tone Ska through The Specials, and his wider work as a Bluesman, a leading member of General Public, an artist, a writer, bassman, teacher… (but you’ll have to visit the exhibition to truly appreciate the man!)

Perhaps even get to experience the feel of a Gibson Thunderbird bass like the one Sir Horace played with The Specials, and see his “best” bass, handcrafted by Coventry luthier John Williams of Noise Works, Far Gosford Street.

As part of this exhibition, and continuing our series of Lottery-funded informal talks,  we thank Tony Wall (bass-player from Coventry band King) for his involving and revealing talk on Saturday, 2nd April.  His passion for the music he helped to create was abundant.

We look forward to seeing who will be our guest speaker at our next talk – watch this space.

Please check our Events page for more details

Artist of the Month



Doing Things The Delian Way...

Often dubbed the “Sculptress of Sound”, Coventry-born Delia Derbyshire was a student of Barrs Hill School in the days when it was a girls’ Grammar school, and Cambridge University, where she read music and mathematics.

Best known for her work putting together the original version of the Dr Who theme music, Delia worked at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop between 1962 and 1973, having joined the BBC as a Studio Manager in 1960.

While she was there, she had a very profound influence on a much wider range of musicians, including visits from the Beach Boys, the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

In her later years, her work influenced many other musicians, including local artists Jerry Dammers and Sonic Boom.  Her work continues to inspire a huge range of composers from many parts of the music spectrum.

Coventry Music Museum is proud to present a new, permanent display dedicated to Delia.

Exhibits include her own reel-to-reel tape recorder, her personal copy of the original Dr Who theme, a brass lampshade of the same type she used to create many of her sound sources, some examples of her rather unique ways of writing her music…

This is a “must-see” display for anyone fascinated by electronic music and its part in the rich history of Coventry’s place in the music world.

City of Culture 2021

Bids are now open for the UK’s City of Culture 2021.


Prime contender for this illustrious status is our home: the City of Coventry.

Coventry Music Museum is standing strongly behind this bid; please ask a member of the team if you would like to add your voice to our support for this highly deserved recognition.




Unit 7,
The Courtyard Rear of 74-80 Walsgrave Road

We are open Thursday to Sunday-10.00am to 4.00pm, we are also open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Admission is £3.00 Adults and £1.00 Children between the ages of 5-15


Coventry Music Museum makes every possible effort to ensure an enjoyable visit for all of the community.

We are able to offer wheelchair access to our premises, although, since most of the museum is situated on the first-floor, we ask that wheelchair users give us 24-hours’ notice of an intended visit, so that we can arrange for you to visit us in comfort, confidence and convenience.


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