In December 2016, the National Trust took on a five-year lease of both Elgar’s birthplace cottage and the visitor centre, inheriting the responsibility for sharing this very special place and its stories from the long-line of distinguished prior custodians.
The National Trust was invited to join forces with the Elgar Trusts to use its expertise to further enhance visitors’ experience of the site.
On Friday 1st September 2017, The Firs Elgar’s Birthplace opened to the public after being closed for a year. Hilary Elgar, Sir Edward Elgar’s great niece, was present to perform the official ceremony at 10.00am by cutting a ribbon. ‘I’ve always loved this cottage,’ she says, ‘It has a very human quality about it. What The National Trust has done is to return it closer to how it was at Elgar’s birth.’
Why not go and see for yourself?
The National Trust has a programme of events listed on its website but these two (free to visitors) might entice you to visit.
Sun 5 Nov 11.30-12.30 Corinne Frost (cello) plays Elgar
Fri 24 Nov 11.15-12.00 and 12.15 – 13.00 Jennie Jones and Josie Bedford-Davies (Volante Strings) play Elgar and others.
Further details to be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs