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At one time, the only way into the room was to climb on a stool, then up onto a piano, crawl along it, then along another one, and down onto a stool!

I have spent my life achieving lots of things that people said were impossible, some of them are listed on this website, but for ten years, the big challenge was to find a way into a permanent home for this unique and irreplaceable collection, before I get too old to do it justice. We are a world centre for piano history, we deal with enquiries from around the world every day, and I find myself in the position of being the keeper and protector of a unique history collection, not just because it is my passion, or because of anything it can do for me.

More details on our blog…It’s a scruffy, dusty old barn, but here we can finally begin to display the collection, and use it to try to raise interest and funding for a proper permanent home, where all that history can continue to be available when I am gone.

Although it’s a work in progress, small groups of people can visit by appointment, there is very little display material yet.

To add to our problems, Yarmouth is a flood risk area, and although we said “it hasn’t flooded since 1953”, within a few months of moving in, we had a near miss when we were evacuated because of flooding just along the road.

Piano dealers don’t normally deal with antiques, and antiques dealers don’t usually know much about pianos.Several companies have attempted to sum up the evolution of the piano in a single poster, but my version of this idea aims to have over eighty four-foot squares of pictures and information.The next task is some restoration work on the pianos, many of them have been in store for years, but it is in areas like display costs that your donations are so vital.At the end of 2014, the Eastern Daily Press very kindly did a whole-page feature on our collection, and our plight in trying to find funding or sponsorship for a proper museum building.I watched a television programme about a man who collected worthless junk for years.

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