New lease of life for the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar
Elgar's Birthplace at Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire will shortly begin a new chapter in its history, following the signing of a lease between the Elgar Foundation and the National Trust.
This agreement and lease is the culmination of two years joint working between the two organisations, which saw the National Trust take over the reins of this historic property from 9 December 2016, for a trial period lasting five years.
The museum has shared the story of Elgar, his music and his deep connection to Worcestershire life with visitors since shortly after his death in 1934. Elgar personally requested that his birthplace, a humble cottage on the outskirts of Worcester, should be the site at which his music is remembered in order to celebrate the lasting inspiration he found in the surrounding landscape.
Michael Smith, General Manager for Croome and South Worcestershire for the National Trust, said ‘The National Trust aims to look after special places for ever, for everyone and there is no denying that this is a special place. We are very excited about the opportunity to help secure the future of this site and to widen the appeal, awareness and understanding of Sir Edward Elgar’.
He continued ‘We will reopen the site after a period of refurbishment and investment, including the installation of a brand new tea-room, later in 2017’.
Please do keep an eye on this site for further information, we will be making reglular updates as we build towards opening.