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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 and the Nation

  • Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March 2019
  • University of Derby, 1 Friar Gate Square, Derby, DE1 1DZ, UK

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Call for Papers Folklore and the Nation The annual conference of The Folklore Society, and Annual General Meeting Friday 29–Sunday 31 March 2019 University of Derby, 1 Friar Gate Square, Derby, DE1 1DZ, United Kingdom The nation surges with newfound rhetorical power. The last 25 years have seen parliamentary devolution, the Scottish independence referendum and...

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Library Lecture: How Percy Manning saved morris dancing by Mike Heaney

  • Date: 16th Jan 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"Cecil Sharp’s encounter with the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers on Boxing Day 1899 is famous, but it did not spring out of nothing, and would probably not have happened at all if it hadn’t been for Percy Manning, the first serious researcher into morris dancing. The talk will describe how he revived the Quarry dancers as the culmination of a decade-long journey of investigati...

Library Lecture: Cornish Folk Dance by Merv and Alison Davey

  • Date: 13th Feb 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"Folk dance is more than just a collection of steps movement and music; it is a form of human expression and its essence lies within its community role and social context rather than purely commercial or artistic interests. The story of folk dance in Cornwall, from medieval roots, through narratives of the nineteenth Century folklorists, the activity of the Celtic revivalists and on...

Broadside Day

  • Date: 23rd Feb 2019
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

"The Broadside Day is our annual one-day conference covering street literature in all its fascinating aspects – broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last-dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar’s packs up and down th...

Library Lecture: Invisible Music: Angela Carter and Folk Song by Polly Paulusma

  • Date: 20th Mar 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"It is a surprisingly little-known fact that the novelist Angela Carter was a folk singer in the 1960s second-wave folk revival. A newly unearthed archive reveals that she not only co-founded a folk club in the 1960s with her first husband, folk producer Paul Carter, but that she also sang there fortnightly for several years. This lecture will firstly collate some of the evidence...

Library Lecture: “I am longing for another voyage of discovery in the summer”: The Gill brothers and their collecting of folk songs from the Isle of Man (1894-94) by Stephen Miller

  • Date: 17th Apr 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"The Gill brothers, W.H. Gill (1839–1923) and Deemster J.F. Gill (1842–99) have remained marginalised and neglected figures in the collecting of Manx folk song, overshadowed by A.W. Moore (1853–1909), whose own Manx Ballads and Music appeared in 1896, and by Dr John Clague (1842–1908), whose collection was published in large part in the Journal of the Folk-Song Society betwe...

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...

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...

Folklore Society News

The Katharine Briggs Award 2018

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Katharine Briggs Award is: Martin Graebe, for his book As I Walked Out: Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall (Signal Books). The Runner-up is:  David Atkinson, The Ballad and its Pasts: Literary Histories and the Play of...

FLS News, the newsletter of the Folklore Society: Call for Contributions

Dr Jacqueline Simpson, editor FLS News would like to encourage more people to contribute short pieces for publication in our newsletter, which is sent to members of The Folklore Society three times a year. She is especially interested in receiving items on folklore from social media and the web (provided there are no copyright issues)....

Estella Canziani Bursary for Post-graduate Research

We are pleased to announce that this year’s bursary was awarded to Leah Stuttard for her research into “A History of Improvisation in the Medieval Music Revival”

Book Sale: second hand folklore books and back issues of ‘Folklore’

The book sale will take place on Wednesday 11 April 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB Lots of second hand folklore books, at bargain prices back stocks of some of our Folklore Society publications, also at bargain prices back issues of our journal ‘Folklore’ from 1976 onwards (£1.00 per...


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

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is England’s designated library and archive dedicated to English folk song and dance. Located at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, it contains an inspiring collection of books, sound, film, photographs, and special archival collections. A number of the VWML’s archival collections and other important...