Alice Little

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Alice is in the final year of her doctorate in the Music Faculty at the University of Oxford. Her thesis is on the tunebooks of J. B. Malchair, who collected ‘national music’ in Oxford c.1770-1812. She holds the Hélène La Rue Scholarship in Music from St Cross College, and received the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography/Oxford Centre for Life Writing Bursary for 2017-18.

As an undergraduate Alice studied Modern History at the University of Oxford, then gained a Masters degree in Material Anthropology and Material Ethnography, taught through the Pitt Rivers Museum.

She was Assistant Curator of Musical Instruments at the Horniman Museum, and has also worked at the British Museum, the Royal Military School of Music Museum, and the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments.

Her interests include social history and the history of collecting, with emphasis on the lives, ambitions and motivations of collectors and musicians from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Recent publications include an article on Malchair for the Handbook for Studies in 18th-Century English Music, XXI, and two pieces on the Victorian collector Percy Manning. For full details please see


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