Early Music History recently published its 30th volume. To mark the occasion, Editor Iain Fenlon reflects on the journal’s beginnings in his anniversary editorial.

At the 1979 Medieval and Renaissance Conference, held in King’s College, Cambridge, ‘a small group of colleagues began to explore the possibility of launching a new yearbook. Prominent among them were Lewis Lockwood and the late Thomas Walker, whose characteristic enthusiasm for new initiatives which would blow away the cobwebs provided an important stimulus to the discussion.’

For three decades, the journal has retained ‘its variety of approach and breadth of chronological coverage.’ And although eight of the original board members remain, Fenlon says the journal has evolved in order to ‘facilitate [its] more international ambitions.’

These ambitions are reflected in Iain Fenlon’s anniversary highlights – a collection of seven articles from the past thirty volumes which include scholarship from Italy, the United States and Britain.

To access this collection, click here.

Read the full editorial here.


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