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Previous Folklore Society Events

Cornwall’s Knockers, Sea Monsters, and Pesky Piskies

  • 21/06/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Folklorist and historian Ronald L. ‘Ron’ James looks at how industrialisation, emigration, and modernisation and media affected Cornish folklore in the mines, on land, and in the sea. Online talk, Tuesday 21 June 2022, 18:00-19:30 The folklore of Cornwall has a unique character, shaped by its remote environment and by talented droll tellers, artists who...

Pregnancy and Childbirth in Late Medieval England

  • 24/05/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Pregnancy and Childbirth in Late Medieval England: Medicine, Magic, and Miracles Online talk by Claire Collins (University of Reading) Tuesday 24 May 2022, 18:00-19:30 Claire Collins discusses some of the treatments, practices, and attitudes surrounding pregnancy and childbirth in late medieval England In late medieval England, treatments for complications of childbirth, and protections against them,...

Open Voices: Folklore for All, Folklore of All

  • 06-08/05/2022
  • 3 days, 09:30-17:30
  • Online

Open Voices: Folklore for All, Folklore of All The Folklore Society’s Annual Conference  Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2022, 09:30-17:30, Online Keynote speaker: Prof. Sadhana Naithani (Jawaharlal Nehru University): ‘Since All are Never One: Margins, Borders and Folklore,’ Saturday 7 May at 14:00 Once upon a time, ‘folklore’ was thought of as the traditions...

Fraisketten, or Convulsion Chains

  • 19/04/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Chris Duffin (Natural History Museum) explores the Austro-Bavarian tradition of ‘Fraisketten’ or convulsion chains–polyamuletic chains combining items of religious and folk medicine origin. Online talk, Tuesday 19 April 2022, 18:00 Fraisketten are strings of amuletic beads and other items, closely related structurally to rosaries. They are a distinctively Austro-Bavarian means of protection against ‘Frais’ –...

The Green Children of Woolpit: “the true old fairy mythology”?

  • 05/04/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

John Clark (Emeritus Curator, The Museum of London), ‘The Green Children of Woolpit: “the true old fairy mythology”?’ Tuesday 5 April 2022, 18:00, online The story of the two ‘Green Children’ who appeared in the Suffolk village of Woolpit in the middle of the 12th century, reported by two medieval historians, has been popular ever...

Shepherdess Saints and Sinister Seigneurs: The Social History of a Local/Global Cult

  • 22/03/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Shepherdess Saints and Sinister Seigneurs: The Social History of a Local/Global Cult Online talk by Prof. David Hopkin (University of Oxford) Tuesday 22 March 2022, 18:00-19:30 GMT All over Europe, rural communities honour shepherdesses, as saints, murdered by lords. What does this cult reveal about social relations? Every third Sunday in July, pilgrims gather at...

Traditions of British Army Uniforms: From Leek to Lego and Beyond

  • 08/03/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Dr William Roberts explores the traditions and imagery of British Army uniforms Online talk, Tuesday 8 March, 18:00-19:30 The uniforms of the British Army show a remarkable variety in their overall appearance and details. The underlying reason is historical: the earliest cavalry and infantry regiments were established by local worthies from their own area, and...