Tudor treasures found in a store room

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A forgotten collection of musical instruments from Tudor times has been rediscovered – and is on display at a Sheffield exhibition.

The instruments, both originals and replicas, were found in a dusty corner of Sheffield University’s department of music store rooms.

They include a lute, a vielle and a set of crumhorns.

Now they are the centrepiece of Tudor Music: Past and Present, an exhibition exploring the culture of the 16th and early 17th centuries which can be seen at Bishop’s House Museum until November 10.

Dr Tim Shephard, who found the treasure trove, said: “To have such a large collection of early modern instruments is very unusual so we were keen to share them with the community.

“We decided to restore them and use them to help people of all ages learn about early music.”

Dr Shephard worked with students to take the instruments out into local schools, including Beck and Westways primaries.

The exhibition features instruments from the collection, performances, talks and demonstrations. Visitors can also explore Sheffield’s relationship with the Early Music Revival in the ’70s and ’80s.