The Coventry Music Museum

Celebrating Delia

May 5th 2017 would have been the 80th birthday of Delia Derbyshire: Electronic music pioneer responsible for realising the Dr Who theme tune (among many other works for the BBC) and inspiration to bands and artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, through to Warwickshire musician Peter Kember (A.K.A. Sonic Boom) and Coventry’s Jerry Dammers (to name but a few!).

At Coventry Music Museum we are celebrating the anniversary with a series of events from Friday May 5th and throughout the weekend. Check the poster below for what’s on and who’ll be visiting.  We’re also launching our Delian Trail do-it-yourself tour around Delia’s Coventry – click here for more details.

Since the Museum will be focusing on Delia over these days, “normal” museum visiting is likely to be limited.  We apologise for this, and if your interest is not in Delia Derbyshire, we suggest you visit either on Thursday, May 4th, or Sunday, May 7th


Our current special exhibition:

The Enemy



Delia RWS 1965

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Visitors planning to stay in Coventry will find useful information at Hotels Combined – offering an extensive selection and good deals.

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 & 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 with its trademark fusion of ska and punk: 2-tone.
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!


cov_tel_logo_with_imagesCoventry 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 & 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!


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 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.


… so is the Website …

There is also a new Web site for Articles In Sound – drop in and see what it’s all about!

… and the app

Free to download, Articles In Sound has its very own, interactive app.

Download from Google App Store here



An exclusive new enamel VIP badge One of the original enamel VIP 2-Tone Central badges first 100 only). Membership card Exclusive Specials montage poster, Village Car sticker. Total free access for a year to the Museum (for the card holder only),10% discount at all Village shops & Simmer Down restaurant (Excluding Top To Toe and the 2-Tone Cafe) invite to an exclusive Village VIP only event, and the chance to win a special prize, and when possible VIP pre-sale tickets.

Money from the VIP Club goes directly to keep The Coventry Music Museum going. It’s as simple as that, so it’s great having some fun in the process, and being part of something ‘special’.


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, or visit the website.

The Enemy

Our current Special Exhibition:

After their final tour towards the end of 2016, we are proud to celebrate one of Coventry’s great success stories: The Enemy

A tribute to A great band …

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Then get in touch with us here at the Coventry Music Museum