Devoted to the Study of Folklore and Tradition

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

Next Folklore Society Event

Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation

  • 27th October 2016
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation

A joint symposium of The Folklore Society and The Royal Anthropological Institute 
Thursday 27 October 2016, 10.00—17.00

There will be 6 presenters,  3 each from The Folklore Society and the Royal…

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Folklore Society News

Food and Drink in Legend and Tradition

Many thanks to all our speakers and audience at last weekend's conference at St Nick's Centre, York. Great papers, and some tasty samples too.

See a few of Jeremy Harte's photos here

Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic

Many thanks to everyone who attended our conference 15-17 April, and especially to all of our wonderful speakers. The presentations were all fascinating, discussions were fruitful, and several people came stylishly dressed for the occasion.

David Buchan Lecture 2015

Diane Goldstein's inaugural David Buchan Lecture from November 2015 can be viewed and heard here:

W.F.H. “Bill” Nicolaisen (1927-2016)

It is with great sadness that we report the death, on 14 February, of distinguished folklorist Professor W.F.H. “Bill” Nicolaisen. Bill was President of The Folklore Society from 1999 to 2002. He will be much missed.

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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15th June — 2nd October 2016 A Cecil Sharp House Retrospective

  • Venue: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London UK NW1 7AY
  • Organised by English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • Contact:

Featuring our permanent collection with pieces from past temporary exhibitions, and showcasing art works which have made a special connection to Cecil Sharp House, taking fresh approaches to folk, including some fun pop cultural references

19th — 22nd October 2016 Unfinished Stories: Folklife and Folk Narrative at the Gateway to the Future

  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, Florida.
  • Organised by American Folklore Society and International Society for Folk Narrative Research
  • Contact:

The American Folklore Society’s 2016 annual meeting will be a joint meeting with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, October 19-22, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, Florida. The theme for the meeting is “Unfinished Stories: Folklife and Folk Narrative at the Gateway to the Future.”

25th February 2017Broadside Day 2017

Broadside Day 2017 - our annual one-day conference on all things to do with Street Literature (broadsides, chapbooks, prints, pamphlets, last dying speeches, and other cheap printed materials), will be held at the Bodleian on Saturday 25th February 2017. Further details will be circulated in due course.
Anyone who would like to give a paper or other presentation (20mins + 10mins discussion), please contact Steve Roud -


Concealed revealed

​The Concealed Revealed, a strand of the Inner Lives: Emotion, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300-1900 Project, is hoping to produce an extensive catalogue of concealed objects and domestic apotropaic devices, from shoes and cats to timber marks, across Britain. Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the University of Hertfordshire, is not only seeking information about these objects but is also aiming to interview their finders; to consider how the biographies of these objects continue once the concealed has been revealed. If you have any information you'd like to share, please email Ceri on, or visit the project website on

Consultation re new and additional forms of funding for The Folklore Society

Message from Robert McDowall, Vice-President: “At its meeting on 1 July 2015, the Folklore Society (“FLS”) Committee created a sub-group to examine opportunities for the generation of additional forms of revenue for the Society (other than revenue generated in partnership with Taylor & Francis). The sub-group invites FLS members and supporters to submit their suggestions and proposals, using this template. The consultation period ends on 30 September 2015. The sub-group will evaluate the feasibility of the proposals received and submit the “top 3” to the FLS Committee in December 2015 with a view to implementing the proposal(s) in 2016.”

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to

The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.