I am Dr Karen Elisabeth McAulay, and I was Principal Investigator of ‘Claimed from Stationers’ Hall: the United Kingdom’s Historical Copyright Music Collections’. This is a research network which was funded by the AHRC from August 2017 for 14 months, researching sheet music surviving in British legal deposit libraries during the period 1710-1836 under the 1709 Copyright Act legislation. We identified patterns of survival in different libraries, and investigated the accessibility of the material through online catalogues. We asked the questions, What happened to the music? What was sent to libraries? What was retained in libraries? And what use was made of it once it got there? I’ve written a brief podcast about the project, which you can listen to here.
I am a postdoctoral researcher and performing arts librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I’m currently researching Glasgow Music Publishers 1880-1950, and am continuing to author this blog for this new purpose.
I have a multi-faceted role at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and blog about other aspects of my work at Karen McAulay Teaching Artist.