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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

Costume in Legend and Tradition

  • 31 August to 1 Sept
  • Blackburn Museum

Costume in Legend and Tradition 31st August– 1st September 2019 at Blackburn Museum, BB1 7AJ, UK “What have we here, hempen hampen? St. Martin has cut the feather cloak of the swanwife into an ale-conner’s breeches. Tell her to buy me a cambric shirt and tie a knot in the handkerchief. We will stitch together...

More events coming up

Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation:The Katharine Briggs Lecture and Book Award 2019

Other Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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Curious Customs stamps

  • Start date: 9th Jul 2019
  • End date: 6th Jul 2020
  • Royal Mail

New postage stamps celebrate some of the amazing traditions in the UK, from the ancient Abbots Bromley horn dance to the more recent Burning the Clocks of Brighton....

The Fairy Queen: Waterperry Opera Festival

  • Start date: 26th Jul 2019
  • End date: 28th Jul 2019
  • Waterperry House & Gardens

In our outdoor amphitheatre this summer will be an exciting new production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen. Directed by innovative director Ruth Mariner, and led from the harpsichord by William Cole, this production explores the folklore origins of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights dream. A unique glimpse into the beauty and majesty of the fairy world, this production weaves a thrilli...

Swedish herding call – weekend course for beginners

  • Start date: 24th Aug 2019
  • End date: 25th Aug 2019
  • Björnunda, Sweden

Kulning is an old voice technique used in Swedish and Norwegian summer farms long ago. It was a way for calling the cattle and communicating with other people over long distances. You use a very high, strong and powerful voice when you Kular, and in a quiet forest it can be heard for kilometers. Everyone can find their own powerful voice, so no special singing voice is needed in lea...

6th International Conference on Medicinal Practices: Herbal, Holistic and Traditional

  • Start date: 26th Aug 2019
  • End date: 27th Aug 2019
  • Dubai, UAE

We extend a warm welcome to our 6th International Conference on Medicinal Practices: Herbal, Holistic and Traditional to be held from August 26-27, 2019 Dubai, UAE. Medicinal Practices 2019 aims to host leading educational scientists, researchers, and research college students to exchange their reports and research results about all components of Medicinal Practices. We invite...

Costume in Legend and Tradition

  • Start date: 31st Aug 2019
  • End date: 1st Sep 2019
  • Jeremy Harte, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF

Costume in Legend and Tradition: CALL FOR PAPERS 31st August– 1st September 2019 at Blackburn Museum, BB1 7AJ, UK "What have we here, hempen hampen? St. Martin has cut the feather cloak of the swanwife into an ale-conner’s breeches. Tell her to buy me a cambric shirt and tie a knot in the handkerchief. We will stitch together green gowns and drowned men’s jerseys, wooden...

2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

  • Start date: 16th Oct 2019
  • End date: 19th Oct 2019
  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

The American Folklore Society's 131st annual meeting will be held October 16-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the meeting is "Community Driven." You can’t stop the people of Baltimore, Maryland, from expressing the enduring traditions that define this City of Neighborhoods, where community-based efforts drive culture, spark change...

Celebración del V aniversario de fundación de ADIFPE

  • Start date: 17th Oct 2019
  • End date: 17th Oct 2019
  • Iglesia de San Antonio en Tocumen, Ciudad de Panamá

Es la celebración del V aniversario de Fundación de la primera Asociación de Directores e Instructores Folklóricos de Panamá Este (ADIFPE), reconocido por el Gobierno de la República de Panamá, cuya fecha de inicio es el 17 de octubre de 2014. El norte que tiene la Sociedad de Folklore, es la linea que hemos marcado en nuestro pais. Como asociación impulsando, promoviendo nu...

Stepping On: A conference on stepping in dance across the British Isles and beyond

  • Start date: 16th Nov 2019
  • End date: 17th Nov 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"The British Isles have a rich history of step dancing of many forms and in many contexts some of which are relatively well known and others largely lost. It is a history which goes back many centuries and links with traditions in other parts of the world. The aim of the conference is to further our knowledge and understanding, and to stimulate debate. The conference will be of inte...

Folklore Society News

Last Chance: £1 book sale Weds 17 July, 5-7:30 pm

We are holding our final £1 sale of stocks of Folklore Society publications and back issues of our journal Folklore today, Weds 17 July, from 5-7:30 pm at The Warburg Institute. We also have numerous second hand books at very reasonable prices. And we are emptying the wine cupboard too, so come and join us...

Gillian Bennett receiving her Coote Lake medal

  She said ‘Thank you very much’ and ‘Can I get a hole drilled through it so that I can wear it as a pendant?’

The Folklore Society office is moving

As of August 2019, The Folklore Society Office will be c/o The Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT. We’ll still have a reference collection of books for visitors to come and look at and a librarian to offer information about resources for folklore enquiries.

Prof. William Gray

We are very sad to hear of the death on 8 April of Professor Bill Gray, founder of the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction (formerly Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy), University of Chichester, and send our condolences to his family and former colleagues.


MA in Folklore Studies at University of Hertfordshire

Exciting news for anyone wanting to turn their interest in folklore into an academic qualification: the University of Hertfordshire are now offering a Folklore Studies MA, which will run both part-time and full-time. For further details on the programme of study and how to apply, please see: https://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/ma-folklore-studies

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...

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...

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

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

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 Mark@viewfindervideo.co.uk

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. Read more