Portraits and Performance History Collection

At its custom-built repository at College Hall, the Portraits and Performance History Collection (PPHC) houses a diverse collection relating to the history of performance.

This includes the RCM’s internationally famous collection of images, comprising 340 original portraits and sculptures, and 25,000 prints and photographs, forming the most comprehensive archive of likenesses of musicians in the UK. The collection of 600,000 concert programmes from 1720 to the present day is of major importance for research into the history of music, society and culture. The PPHC also houses extensive holdings of opera, instrument, title page and concert hall design, and a specialist reference library.

For further information about the CPH collections visit: www.cph.rcm.ac.uk