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Composing Wills: Legacies of Early Modern Musicians

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The National Archives’ collection of Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills and associated probate records offer a rich picture of society in England and Wales over a period of about 500 years. Ruth Selman, Principal Early Modern Records Specialist, will explore the wills left by musical luminaries including Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, between the 16th and 18th centuries. The changing styles of will-making across the period will be highlighted with fascinating examples and an accompanying document display will provide an opportunity to view Handel’s original will and other probate documents.

Friends of The National Archive receive a 20% discount on their ticket.


The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew, TW9 4DU
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020 8876 3444
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