Royal College of Music Museum hits the road

Monday 29 January 2018


The Royal College of Music Museum’s Roadshow launches this February with a specially curated heritage trail as part of the Southbank Centre’s annual Imagine Children’s Festival.

The Imagine Children’s Festival is a celebration of music, art and literature, with a wide variety of shows, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout February half-term.

From 12–18 February, families can embark upon a unique trail around the Southbank Centre, where they’ll discover instruments from the Royal College of Music Museum and learn about heritage and music in a fun, accessible and hands-on way. Talented RCM musicians join professional storytellers Vanessa Woolf and George Hoyle to take families on a journey through front and backstage spaces, exploring what music is and why is it important to us.

The trail offers families the chance to experience the RCM’s musical treasures while the Museum building is closed for redevelopment, as part of the More Music project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Lydia Cracknell, Museum Learning & Participation Officer at the Royal College of Music, says ‘collaborating with the Southbank Centre is not only an amazing opportunity to partner with a fellow HLF-funded arts venue, but a chance to showcase our fantastic heritage and share our plans with new audiences in anticipation of the opening of our brand new museum in 2019.’

Tickets for the heritage trail at the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival are free and are available for booking and collection on the day at the Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office. 

This is the first stop on the Museum Roadshow, which will continue on tour across London and the South East until 2019 and includes pop-up exhibitions, activities and concerts. For more information and enquiries around new partnerships please contact Lydia Cracknell at

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