About Alice

Alice is a professional researcher, focusing on music history and the history of collecting from around 1700 to the present day. She is currently employed as Research Associate at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at Oxford University. She is also a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College.

For 2019-20 Alice is a Humanities Knowledge Exchange Fellow, working on a project with EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society) on the eighteenth-century English tunebooks in their collection at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

She studied for her doctorate in the Music Faculty at Oxford University from 2015-18, and prior to that completed an MSc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and a BA in Modern History, both also from the University of Oxford.

She has worked at several museums and collections, including the Horniman Museum (Forest Hill, London), the British Museum, Royal Military School of Music Museum (Twickenham), and the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments (Oxford). She has recently returned to the Bate Collection as a postdoctoral Research Associate.

Her interests include social history and the history of collecting, as well as the history of music, musical instruments, and how they have ended up in museum collections. You can read about her past research here.

Her doctoral project focused on the life and collection of J. B. Malchair (1730-1812), who collected 'national music' in Oxford from 1760-1795. In her role at the Bate she is working with the archive of twentieth-century collector and the Bate's first curator, Anthony Baines.