Concert Life in 19th-Century London
Database and Research Project


The Concert Life in 19th-Century London Database is at the heart of a collaborative research project led by Dr Christina Bashford (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Rachel Cowgill (University of Leeds). To date, the funders of the project have been:

The aim of this project is to study large-scale change in the nature of concert life and in the development of repertoire in London during the 'long 19th century', drawing on contemporary newspapers, periodicals, and concert programmes. The database, which was programmed in ORACLE and designed bydesigned by Civic Computing, Edinburgh, is housed at the School of Arts and Humanities, Oxford Brookes University, and supported by its Computer Services Department.



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The AHRC funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. AHRC Research Centres provide a focus for collaborative research in areas of strategic importance. Although the social and natural sciences have long had access to funding to establish centres of research expertise, it was not until the launch of the AHRC's Research Centres scheme that researchers in the arts and humanities benefited from a similar opportunity.


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Professor Rachel Cowgill