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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
  • Central London (tbc)

Folklore, Learning and Literacies The Annual Conference of the Folklore Society Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020 In Central London (venue to be confirmed) CALL FOR PAPERS Lore is learning: folklore is a body of knowledge and a means of transmission. Vernacular knowledge, and vernacular transmission, each rooted in language. Languages of sign, symbol...

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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....

An Introduction to Folk Song in England

  • Date: 2nd Dec 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"Internationally published folklorist Steve Roud presents with Laura Smyth, EFDSS’ Library and Archive Director, this popular introductory level day exploring the history of English folk song. Topics will include: the many possible definitions of ‘folk’, the songs themselves, the singers, the places and times for singing, the music, cheap printed broadsides and other source...

CALA 2020 – Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2020

  • Start date: 5th Feb 2020
  • End date: 8th Feb 2020
  • University Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus, Sarawak, Malaysia

The CALA (2), The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 2020, with Official Partners Taylor and Francis Publishers, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) at the University of London, and Nanyang Technological University, invite you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentations. The conference, its proceedings, and all authors, will be SCOPUS indexed, and all p...

Summer School 2020 “The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence”

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

Call for applications (extended until October 31, 2019) 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 a...

5th Biennial Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) Conference

  • Start date: 26th Aug 2020
  • End date: 30th Aug 2020
  • University College London (UCL)

Call for Participation 5th Biennial Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) Conference ACHS 2020 “Futures” University College London, UK, 26-30 August 2020 Organised by the AHRC Heritage Priority Area in association with the UCL Institute of Archaeology The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) will be held at Universit...

COMELA 2020 – The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology

  • Start date: 2nd Sep 2020
  • End date: 5th Sep 2020
  • The American College of Greece

Call for Abstracts - The COMELA 2020, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020 Following the growth of The Global Network for Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020. Purpose and Structure - Over 500 scholars globally will gather to present papers and engage...

Folklore Society News

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

Folklore Society office new address

We are moving our Folklore Society office to 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT. Our new telephone number is +44 (0) 203 915 3034. We’re still at The Warburg Institute until 31 July, preparing papers to add to our Folklore Society Archives at UCL Special Collections.


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

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