To see the full conference programme, please open the PDF: On Collecting, Programme

Invited speakers:

Gary and Gillian Atkinson (owners of Document Records)

Kyle Devine (City University)

Kyle Devine is a lecturer in music at City University London and a research associate with the Music and Digitisation Research Group at the University of Oxford. His work has appeared in venues such as Popular Music and Popular Music History. Currently he is co-editing two books: Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Mutlichannel Sound (Bloomsbury) and The Sociology of Music Reader (Routledge).

Marion Leonard (University of Liverpool)

Marion Leonard is Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool and member of the Institute of Popular Music. She is author of Gender in the Music Industry (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press, 2010). She is director of the MA Popular Music Studies programme, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and formerly held the post of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Executive. From 2006 to 2008 she worked on secondment to National Museums Liverpool as lead curator for The Beat Goes On, an exhibition about Merseyside’s popular music history which was shown at World Museum Liverpool (July 2008 – November 2009). From 2010-2011 she was Principle Investigator on a research project investigating the practical and theoretical issues involved with collecting and representing popular music in museums. The project, conducted in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the V&A, was funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text programme. She is currently co-editing Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (Routledge, 2014).

Stephen ‘Pastel’ McRobbie (The Pastels, Monorail Music)

Frederick Moehn (King’s College London)

Frederick Moehn is Lecturer in Music at King’s College London and an affiliate of the King’s Brazil Institute there. His recent publications include the article “Curating Community at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem” (Jazz Perspectives, 2013) and the book Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene, (Duke University Press, 2012). He has published in the journals Ethnomusicology, Latin American Music Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Popular Music, and Ethnomusicology Forum, and he contributed to the books Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization, Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures, and Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. He enjoys performing samba and bossa nova (voice and guitar). He can be contacted at

Jenny Nex (University of Edinburgh)

Following her early education in Cambridge, Jenny studied music at the University of Edinburgh from where she went on to specialise as a singer in historically informed performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She gained her MA in Museum and Gallery Management from City University in 1997 and her PhD entitled ‘The Business of Musical-Instrument Making in Early Industrial London’ from Goldsmiths College in 2013.  In August 2005, Jenny took over as Curator of the Museum at the Royal College of Music and in 2013 she moved to a similar role in the Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh based at St Cecilia’s Hall. Jenny’s research interests include the context, design and construction of historical musical instruments and in particular the business and economic activities of musical instrument makers working in London in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Peter Shepheard (Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland)

Pete is an acknowledged authority on folk song, a founder member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) in the mid 1960s, his enthusiasm as a singer and collector resulted in the creation of Springthyme Records in the 1970s specialising in the release of recordings of Scottish traditional song and music.

Laura Tunbridge (University of Manchester)

Laura Tunbridge read music at Oxford before completing a MA at Nottingham. In 2002 she gained a PhD from Princeton, with a dissertation on Robert Schumann’s music for Byron’s Manfred and the Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust. She was a music lecturer at the University of Reading before being appointed at Manchester in 2004. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York and at the History of Listening Emmy Noether Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She has also received a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship and an Early Career Fellowship from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). Laura’s current project investigates vocal recitals in London and New York between the world wars, examining the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film. Laura is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association.