Audio Clips

Close the lid on this clavichord and you could pick it up and take it on a journey. The instrument’s soft sound meant it was best-suited for playing in small rooms. Its low volume has the added bonus of not disturbing the neighbours.Displayed at the centre of this lid is a chequy (chequered)-patterned crest held up by two leaf-tailed creatures. A consistent chequy-pattern in a shield with no other symbols on it suggests it belonged to an old family. The exact origins of the crest are unknown, however the appearance of the helmet and the colours used (red symbolising military strength and gold wisdom) all point towards the owner being of military ranking. (Rodger Mirrey Collection).