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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

Sir John Schorn: The Man who Conjured the Devil into a Boot

  • 27/02/2024
  • 18:00-19:30
  • online talk

Image: Wayne Perkins

Sir John Schorn: The Man who Conjured the Devil into a Boot A Folklore Society online talk by Wayne Perkins Tuesday 27 February 2024, 18:00-19:30 GMT ‘Sir,’ ‘Master’ or ‘Maister’ John Schor(e) was the Rector of North Marston in Buckinghamshire in the 13th – 14th centuries. After his death, his shrine became the third most...

More Folklore Society events coming up

‘…A Big Grey Wolf came out of the Forest’Fact, Fiction and Folklore in Film and TelevisionRESCHEDULED: Reproductive BodyloreDigital Folklore: hybrid conference


Fionn Folklore Database

Announcing the recently launched Fionn Folklore Database. The hero Fionn mac Cumhaill is said to have defended Ireland and Scotland from foreign and supernatural threat during a legendary third-century Golden Age. The stories and songs about him and his warrior band, the Fianna, form the most prolific body of narrative in the Gaelic tradition, spanning...

‘Healthy Folk’: Fully-funded PhD: Applications Open for 2024

Healthy Folk – The role of vernacular knowledge in health-related decision-making. Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The Open University, in partnership with The Folklore Society. This fully-funded studentship is available from October 2024. Further details about the value of an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP award are available on the...

Ethics Guidelines for Collecting Folklore

Ethical guidelines for good practice in collecting, archiving and sharing folklore material. Folklore collection originally developed and flourished at a time when research ethics, and questions about intellectual property, were given little thought. Contemporary expectations demand that folklorists (and other researchers) pay attention to such matters. With this in mind, the Folklore Society suggests the...

Courses in Folklore Studies

Here’s a selection of courses and classes on folklore studies at various different levels ranging from learning for fun to Masters and PhD. PhD in Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Film & Media, at Sheffield Hallam University PhD opportunities in folklore, contemporary legend, film & media at the Centre for Culture Media and Society (CCMS), Sheffield Hallam...

Fund-Raising for The Folklore Society

Following our move to 50 Fitzroy Street, the Society’s annual costs for office accommodation have significantly increased, so we are inviting all members and friends of The Folklore Society to support us by making donations via our Charities Aid Foundation page at CAF Donate: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11322

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

If you have a folklore enquiry, contact us and we will try our best to answer it or to refer you to someone else who can. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FolkloreSociety and on our Folklore Society Facebook page

Our Latest Blog Posts

February 16, 2024

Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research 2024

We are pleased to announce that bursaries for 2024 have been awarded to the following post-graduate students: Jessica Lloyd, for research on ‘The Randwick Wap: Folk Custom and Continuity’ Sophie Parkes-Nield, for research on ‘Thankstide: The Calendar Custom as Narrative Device in Contemporary Fiction’ Siobhan Scarlett O’Reilly, for research on ‘The Impact of Liminal Space...

February 13, 2024

Exhibition at The National Library of Scotland: Sgeul / Story : Folktales from the Scottish Highlands

An exhibition on folklorist John Francis Campbell is currently on at The National Library of Scotland. In 1859 Campbell and a team of helpers travelled across the western Highlands and Islands of Scotland, meeting storytellers and collecting Scottish Gaelic folktales. Until then, many of these folktales had been almost unknown beyond the Highlands. The exhibition...

January 23, 2024

UK Government Consultation on Intangible Cultural Heritage

The UK Government is proposing to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and, accordingly, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is inviting participation in a public consultation via an online survey and online roundtable discussions. The survey, which closes at the end of February 2024, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/2003-unesco-convention-for-the-safeguarding-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage/consultation-on-the-2003-unesco-convention-for-safeguarding-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage...

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Performing Magic in the pre-Modern North February 2024 Conference

  • Start date: 21st Feb 2024
  • End date: 22nd Feb 2024
  • Online- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9f3C16KJ9tU2Bk9Ltpdj-9jQeLaN_jy3VWHYqxjjIhnTQUw/viewform

We have successfully finished our first in-person hybrid conference in November 2023. Due to the high level of interest to present at our November conference, we decided to split the abstracts into two groups. This February 2024 conference will host the second batch of those abstracts. We would be thrilled to have you all join us online. The conference will focus on magic in ancient...

Industrial Cultural Heritage in Industry

  • Date: 22nd Feb 2024
  • Verdant Works, Dundee

This round table event brings together practitioners, researchers, and museum workers/volunteers working with industrial heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is defined as “traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, ritu...

Stories of Women and the Past

  • Start date: 8th Mar 2024
  • End date: 8th Mar 2024
  • Society of Antiquaries of London

A one day workshop organised by the AHRC funded project "Beyond Notability: Re-Evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain 1870-1950" (www.beyondnotability.org) on women's histories, storytelling, inclusivity and representation. In addition to a range of speakers on topics such as AI, inclusive costumed interpretation, historical dress, historical fiction...