Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world. Explore, discover, and take part!
While Cecil Sharp was collecting folk songs he also took photos of many of the singers, dancers and others that he met on his travels. These photos are a unique record of the rural Edwardian working classes in both south west England and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. Click here to explore the photos on Flickr.
Cecil James Sharp (1859-1924) was England's most prolific folk music and dance collector in what is now widely known as the First Folk Revival. His North American collection is regarded as a landmark in folk music fieldwork. Explore Sharp's only surviving personal diaries, in which he describes his collecting experiences in the Appalachian Mountains between 1915 and 1918.
Mon 25th Apr 2016, 16:06
The final VWML Library Lecture in the season takes place on Tuesday 26 April, and after a resounding success so far, we hope you will join us.
The last lecture is Night Visit Songs Revisited by Vic Gammon.
Wed 13th Apr 2016, 16:50
2016 marks the centenary of song collector and folklorist Cecil Sharp's Appalachian fieldtrip, an event that shaped both North American and European conceptions of the history and culture of the southern mountains of America. To celebrate, Cecil Sharp House is hosting a weekend of Appalachian music and a conference exploring the culture of the region.
Mon 14th Mar 2016, 13:21
Tuesday 22nd March, 6pm - 7pm
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
To celebrate the digitisation of two collections, the Mary Neal collection and the Daisy Daking collection, we will be holding a launch party before the penultimate Library Lecture of the season.
Tue 19th Jan 2016, 15:29
The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is pleased to present a new series of Library Lectures for the forthcoming winter and spring season. Talks are presented by guest speakers who are specialists in their respective fields, and will cover song, music, dance, and folklore.