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Why Music? The Key to Memory: listen again

With the help of acclaimed musicians, scientists and experts, ‘Why Music? The Key to Memory’ explored the implications of music’s unique capacity to be remembered, and keep us in the moment, through wide-ranging discussions and live performances.

One-off programmes, world premieres and live music took place at Wellcome Collection, and were broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This event has now taken place, but you can listen again on the BBC Radio 3 website, and explore some of our 'Why Music?' inspired content below.

Memory objects

For 'Why Music? The Key to Memory', we explored the links four objects from our collection have with how, what and why we remember.


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