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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

Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation:

  • Thursday 24 October 2019
  • 10:00 to 17:00
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London WC1T 5BT

Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation: The Fifth Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and The Royal Anthropological Institute Thursday 24 October 2019, at The Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT This year’s joint seminar will be on the theme of “AFRICA” CALL FOR PAPERS This one-day symposium will explore ethnographic and folkloric issues,...

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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....

9th International Conference on Traditional Medicine

  • Start date: 16th Sep 2019
  • End date: 17th Sep 2019
  • Sydney, Australia

EuroSciCon welcomes all to attend the 9th International Conference on Traditional Medicine 2019 which will be held from 16th-17th September 2019 Sydney, Australia. Traditional Medicine 2019 conference aims to gather leading educational scientists, researchers, people working in the field of Traditional, Chinese and Alternative Medicine and research students to exchange & share t...

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...

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...

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...

Folklore Society News

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.

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 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