About - Gerald Coke Handel Collection page - George Frideric Handel School of Thomas HudsonThe Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally-important collection of material relating to composer George Frideric Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed music and books, libretti, artworks and ephemera.

The Collection was assembled by Gerald Coke over a period of sixty years and left to the nation by his widow with a wish that it be allocated to the Museum in the care of the Handel Institute. The endowment accompanying the Collection is managed by the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation.

Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

Formed in 1996, the Foundation administers the endowment that accompanies the Gerald Coke Handel Collection and assists the Foundling Museum with the care of the Collection, which came to the Museum through the Government’s Allocation in Lieu scheme.

The Company’s objectives are to advance public education by providing research facilities for academics, musicologists, musicians, students, writers, researchers and all those interested in the life and work of Handel, his associates and contemporaries, the musical environment of his time, the printing and publishing of music in the eighteenth century, and related subjects.

The trustees of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation are Nicolas Bell (Chair), Sarah Bardwell, Michael Burden, Andrew Fane, Andrew Jones, Paul Spencer-Longhurst, Nicholas Morgan and Colin Timms.

Contact the Foundation via the Secretary at handel@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

The Foundation is a registered charity (no.1058589)


The Gerald Coke Handel Collection reading room is open Wednesday – Friday for research by appointment.

For all enquiries email or call +44 (0)20 7841 3606

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection also holds the research collection of the Handel House Museum

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