Brass Bands England (BBE) has announced that the Brass Band Archive is to close in its current format with immediate effect.
The organisation said the closure is due to “forthcoming changes in the use of the building that currently houses the collection”.
Over 8,000 sets of sheet music, recordings, instruments, images, historical artefacts and documents, trophies, art and memorabilia make up the collection, which will go into storage.
The closure has prompted the Trustees of the Archive to trigger a clause in the its constitution that passes ownership of the National Brass Band Archive to BBE as the sole custodian and legal donee of the collection.
BBE said it is already investigating ways that the Archive can be more easily accessed by the brass band world in the future, and hopes to be in a position to announce future plans for the collection within the coming months.
The organisation insisted it will “endeavour to make the collection accessible to the public again as soon as possible”.
BBE commented: “The organisation is grateful to Brian Halliwell, who has hosted the Archive in recent years at his business premises in Wigan, and would also like to thank the Trustees and staff for their dedication in curating this valuable collection for many years.”
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