ST CECILIA’S HALL MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
University of Edinburgh
St Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments is home to the world famous collections of early keyboard and plucked strings, part of Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (EUCHMI). It is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, and the second oldest in the Britain. At the heart of this Georgian building is its concert room, surrounded by three galleries which house one of the world's most important collections of musical heritage, with many of its instruments still playable in a concert setting.
The University of Edinburgh aimed to redevelop the museum to establish a bespoke home for the University’s Collection of musical instruments. As part of a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jura Consultants was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to assist with both the Round 1 and Round 2 HLF applications. Our involvement included Activity Plan and Business Plan development informed by an in-depth programme of audience research and analysis. The latter included a series of focus group research with current users of St Cecilia’s Hall, a survey with the general public including non-visitors, interviews with exhibition visitors and interviews with key staff and stakeholders. Having attained a Round 1 HLF pass and development grant of £76,500 in December 2012, the project secured a grant award of £823,500 March 2014.