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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

Folklore, Learning and Literacies

  • Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020
  • UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Photo: Marc Armitage

The Annual Conference of the Folklore Society, and Annual General Meeting 2020. Keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Rosen: “‘Don’t say that!’ – how my parents negotiated Yiddish.”  (Friday 24th) In this talk, Michael Rosen explores how his parents who had both come from Yiddish-speaking households, retained many Yiddish phrases and words and passed them on orally. Michael...

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Wiki Loves Love 2020 (Folklore)

  • Start date: 1st Feb 2020
  • End date: 29th Feb 2020
  • https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Love_2020_(Folklore)

Wiki Loves Love (WLL) is an international photographic contest organized by Wikimedia community to document love testimonials in various cultures and regions of the world. The theme for this year is Folklore which invites users round the world to upload images and videos about their own folklore. 20 Winners will get prizes starting from $400....

Broadside Day

  • Date: 22nd Feb 2020
  • Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

The event runs from 9.30am - 5.30pm. Tickets £20 The Broadside Day is the annual one-day conference for people interested in street literature in all its fascinating aspects – broadsides, chap books, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in the...

John Malchair’s ‘Third Collection of Tunes’ and other 18th century tune books at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library by Alice Little

  • Date: 26th Feb 2020
  • Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Lecture starts at 7.30pm. John Malchair (1730-1812) was a violinist and artist in Oxford, who spent his ‘leasure howers’ collecting music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and further afield. His tunebooks contain over 500 tunes, mostly country dance tunes and the melodies for songs, many of which are still played today. His sources for his collection included printed books, fri...

Dreaming Valleys

  • Start date: 14th Mar 2020
  • End date: 14th Mar 2020
  • Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge

A day of engagements with history, topography and folklore. Tickets £20 adv., £22 door, cash only Kelly Starling: Dancing with Ghosts: Journeys to Robinwood Mill Alison Cooper: Geography of Grief: Pilgrimage through the Pennines Dr Jennie Bailey: An Artery to a Heart: mapping the Rochdale Canal Mark Valentine: Northern Soul: Lost weird writers of the North Andy Roberts: ...

Maud Karpeles, adventurer and folk song collector: a reconsideration of her 1929 and 1930 Newfoundland field explorations by Anna Guigné

  • Date: 25th Mar 2020
  • Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Lecture starts at 7.30pm In 1929, Londoner Maud Karpeles, a proponent of the early twentieth century British folk song and folk-dance revival movement, journeyed to the Dominion of Newfoundland to document British folk songs in England’s oldest colony. From 14 weeks of fieldwork, carried out between 1929 and 1930, Karpeles acquired close to 200 songs and dances, later publishin...

CFP: RAI2020 – Folklore, Geography and Anthropology: ways of knowing water/landscape/climate in the Anthropocene

  • Start date: 4th Jun 2020
  • End date: 7th Jun 2020
  • British Museum, SOAS, RGS - London, UK

The Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2020 conference will be held 4 to 7 June 2020 at the British Museum, Clore Centre, SOAS, Senate House and Royal Geographical Society. It includes a panel bringing together scholars from folklore studies, anthropology and geography. This panel explores Other kinds of water/landscape/climate knowledge from scholars outside the hard geo-sciences,...

Folklore Fellows` Summer School 2020 “The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence”, Call for Applications

  • Start date: 17th Aug 2020
  • End date: 23rd Aug 2020
  • University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu

The 10th Folklore Fellows` Summer School is hosted by the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) in Joensuu, 17-23 August 2020. Folklore Fellows` Summer School 2020 "The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence" will provide the participants with an inspirational forum for learning and critical discussion on the violence of traditions and the...

Archives, Access, Ethics and Fraud

  • Start date: 21st Oct 2020
  • End date: 23rd Oct 2020
  • Meertens Institute, Amsterdam

A SIEF Archives Working Group Conference 'Archives, Access, Ethics and Fraud' will take place in Amsterdam, October 21 – 23, 2020. The Call for Papers can be found here: http://www.theomeder.nl/SIEF2020/CfP.pdf. The deadline for abstracts is April 1st, 2020....

Folklore Society News

Folklore Society Library: new accessions 2019

Click here for a list of our library accessions for 2019  most of these books will be added to our collections at University College London library and will be available for loan to FLS members and UCL students as soon as they have been added to UCL’s online library catalogue. A few of these books...

The Katharine Briggs Award 2019

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Katharine Briggs Award 2019 is Guy Beiner for his book Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (published by Oxford University Press). Congratu;ations Guy Beiner and OUP

Katharine Briggs Award 2019–Short List

We are very pleased to announce the short list for this year’s Katharine Briggs Award. The short listed entries are (in alphabetical order): Guy Beiner, Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography in Ulster (Oxford University Press) Ronald James, The Folklore of Cornwall: The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation (University of Exeter Press) Nigel...

The Folklore Society office at 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT

We’ve unpacked and moved in now, huge thanks to Tina Paphitis and Ewan Wallace


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

The Folklore Society office has moved to 50 Fitzroy Street

Our new office address is: The Folklore Society, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, tel. +44 (0)203 915 3034 Office hours: Tuesday to Friday from 13:30-5:30 pm (and at other times by appointment). Our staff are part-time, so please let us know in advance of your visit in case we’re working away from the office...

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...

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