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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

‘…A Big Grey Wolf came out of the Forest’

  • 12/03/2024
  • 18:00-19:30
  • online talk

François Grenier de Saint-Martin, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Petits_Paysans_surpris_par_un_loup.jpg

‘…A Big Grey Wolf came out of the Forest’ A Folklore Society online talk by Dr Juliette Wood (Cardiff University) Tuesday 12 March 2024, 18:00 GMT This talk examines traditional folklore, both ancient and modern, relating to wolves, and their canid cousins – dogs, foxes, and coyotes. ‘…A Big Grey Wolf came out of the...

More Folklore Society events coming up

Fact, Fiction and Folklore in Film and TelevisionRESCHEDULED: Reproductive BodyloreDigital Folklore: hybrid conferenceWater in Legend and Tradition:


Fionn Folklore Database

Announcing the recently launched Fionn Folklore Database. The hero Fionn mac Cumhaill is said to have defended Ireland and Scotland from foreign and supernatural threat during a legendary third-century Golden Age. The stories and songs about him and his warrior band, the Fianna, form the most prolific body of narrative in the Gaelic tradition, spanning...

‘Healthy Folk’: Fully-funded PhD: Applications Open for 2024

Healthy Folk – The role of vernacular knowledge in health-related decision-making. Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The Open University, in partnership with The Folklore Society. This fully-funded studentship is available from October 2024. Further details about the value of an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP award are available on the...

Ethics Guidelines for Collecting Folklore

Ethical guidelines for good practice in collecting, archiving and sharing folklore material. Folklore collection originally developed and flourished at a time when research ethics, and questions about intellectual property, were given little thought. Contemporary expectations demand that folklorists (and other researchers) pay attention to such matters. With this in mind, the Folklore Society suggests the...

Courses in Folklore Studies

Here’s a selection of courses and classes on folklore studies at various different levels ranging from learning for fun to Masters and PhD. PhD in Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Film & Media, at Sheffield Hallam University PhD opportunities in folklore, contemporary legend, film & media at the Centre for Culture Media and Society (CCMS), Sheffield Hallam...

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

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

If you have a folklore enquiry, contact us and we will try our best to answer it or to refer you to someone else who can. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FolkloreSociety and on our Folklore Society Facebook page

Our Latest Blog Posts

February 24, 2024

Soundscapes and Folklore in East Asia

Soundscapes and Folklore in East Asia ‘Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation’ The Eighth Folklore Society – Royal Anthropological Institute Joint Seminar Date:  Thursday 24 October, 2024 Time:  10.00am to 5.00pm Location: 50 Fitzroy Street,  London W1T 5BT Call for Papers The seminar series ‘Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation’ encourages empirical and conceptual dialogue between the two related disciplines of folklore...

February 24, 2024

Digital Folklore hybrid conference

Digital Folklore The Folklore Society’s Annual Conference, a hybrid conference in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024 Online and at King’s College London, Strand, London WC2B 4BG, UK Digital and networked technologies offer a wealth of new modes of folklore genre, performance and transmission....

February 24, 2024

Water in Legend and Tradition

Water in Legend and Tradition: the 18th Legendary Weekend of The Folklore Society Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2024 St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich IP4 1BF, UK CALL for PAPERS, Presentations or Performances: Deadline 1 July Cry me a river! The tears of the Virgin would fill a bottomless pool, down...

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Andrew Lang Memorial Lecture 2024

  • Date: 5th Mar 2024
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024, 5.15pm School III, St Salvator’s Quad

The Andrew Lang Memoria Lecture 2024 An Elusive Genre: Andrew Lang, the Fairytale and Celtic Fantasy by Dr Juliette Wood Tuesday 5 March 2024, 5.15-7.00 pm St Andrews University Interest in fairy tales and psychic phenomena were significant strands for writing and study among Andrew Lang’s wide-ranging interests. His ideas about pan-Celticism and the existence of a ...

Stories of Women and the Past

  • Start date: 8th Mar 2024
  • End date: 8th Mar 2024
  • Society of Antiquaries of London

A one day workshop organised by the AHRC funded project "Beyond Notability: Re-Evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain 1870-1950" (www.beyondnotability.org) on women's histories, storytelling, inclusivity and representation. In addition to a range of speakers on topics such as AI, inclusive costumed interpretation, historical dress, historical fiction...

Keeping Myths, Legends and Folk Tales Alive

  • Start date: 23rd Apr 2024
  • End date: 23rd Apr 2024
  • Online (Teams)

Keeping Myths, Legends and Folk Tales Alive An online talk by Rosalind Kerven Tuesday 23 April 2024, 7-8 p.m. online Folktales, fairy tales, myths and legends are vital aspects of folklore studies. Are they simply historical curiosities, or living, organic entities which are still being developed today? What is the difference between folktales, fairy tales, myths and legends? H...