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Eighteenth century London bustled with musicians of all stripes. Of course, this heady brew of musical activity included those in related professions, such as music publishers, composers, and instrument makers. This database created by the Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance History provides a peek into this world. The database provides basic biographical information about such individuals, much of which is derived by a range of archival material that includes insurance records, wills, and apprenticeship records. Visitors will need to complete a brief free registration form, and then they can make their way through this material. On the left-hand side of the main page, users will note six primary sections, including "Insurance Records", "Poll Books", and "Wills". Within each section, visitors can read a brief summary about each type of historical document, and afterwards, they can begin their search of the records.
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