The Academy is no museum, but we are delighted to have been made guardians of these fascinating pieces of history.
In 1971 Trygve Lindeman, director of the Oslo Conservatoire, and Olav Gurvin of the University of Oslo approached Oslo City Council to discuss gifting their large and important collections of musical instruments. The Culture Committee at the City Council declared that the instruments “should be housed in a future academy of music”. Gurvin’s collection was stored at the Oslo Ladegård manor house, while Lindeman’s collection was stored and exhibited in the premises of the Oslo Conservatoire (later the Norwegian Academy of Music) in Nordahl Bruns Gate 8.
In 1975, Professor Owain Edwards took the initiative to establish a panel to look into appropriate storage, cataloguing and restoration of the instruments.
Suitable premises for storing the instruments were found in Universitetsgata. When the Norwegian Academy of Music moved to Majorstua in 1989, most of Lindeman’s collection was placed in the basement depot. The largest instruments and Gurvin's collection was stored at the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy.