Job title: Principal Curator, Musical Instrument Collections

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2123


Current PhD students

Brian Applegate

Daniel Wheeldon

David Gerrard

Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet

Sarah Deters

PhD Supervision Topics

Darryl Martin was born and initially educated in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to Britain in 1986. Since 1989 he has been based in Edinburgh. Initially trained as a musical instrument maker, specialising in early keyboard instruments, he then pursued a more academic approach to instrument research and commenced a PhD on the subject of English virginals -- a thesis which looked at all aspects of the instrument from a design, construction and decorative point-of-view. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2003.

Since 1990 Darryl has been involved with the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, initially making technical drawings of a number of instruments and then writing catalogues, which has now amounted to all of the plucked and bowed Western instruments in the Collection. In 2004 he was appointed to the position of Curator of the Musical Instrument Collections.

Darryl Martin regularly gives papers at international conferences and has been widely published in British and foreign journals. Present work includes a transcription and edition of the “Talbot Manuscript” - a seventeenth century source of musical instruments that were known and used in England. He is also still active as an instrument maker, specialising in clavichords and early English keyboard instruments.

Research interests

  • Early keyboard instruments
  • Plucked and bowed string instruments
  • Instrument making design and workshop practices
  • Sixteenth and seventeenth century English music