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News: 29 November 2015
It is with sadness to hear that the Finchcocks Musical Museum at Goadhurst in Kent is to close at the end of December. Since the early 1970’s the owners, Richard and Katrina Burnett, have opened their grade one listed manor house to the public at regular open days and for concerts and many other events. Above all they have given a unique experience to the public to play the instruments in the collection. It was not necessary to show that you were a gifted player to touch the instruments. I am sure that many people were influenced and enriched by listening and playing this wonderful collection.
The contribution that Finchcocks has given to music in general and the appreciation of early keyboard instruments that the public have gained by visiting the collection over the years has been substantial. Finchcocks is one of the best known early keyboard collections in the world. I know that many people have received the news with dis-belief but it can be appreciated that it is not possible to continue for ever. The time has come for Richard and Katrina Burnett to give up their obligations of operating a public museum. They will retain some of the instruments but the remainder will be sold at auction in May next year and the grade one listed manor house will be sold. We wish Richard and Katrina Burnett all the very best for the future.