Rev. Ouseley was an English church musician, scholar, and composer who established St. Michael's College, Tenbury in 1854. He was an outspoken proponent of fine church music. As a result of his efforts as a church musician, the parish church at St. Michael's became well known for its excellent service music. Ouseley was also a noted collector of music and books on music. The bulk of the collection dates from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.