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Library Lectures 2021 on sale now

We are delighted to announce that a new series of Library Lectures are on sale now! The series kicks off in February, welcoming four fantastic speakers who will guide you through fascinating topics around folk song and dance.

All lectures will be taking place online. 

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Call for papers—Traditional Folk Song: Past, Present & Future

Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November 2018

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Folk song, the everyday music of the common people as passed from generation to generation, has been highly debated ever since the first attempts by early collectors to define it. It has been performed, collected, researched, and unpicked, and the defining qualities which make it unique continue to stimulate current debate and approaches to collecting.

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library to create a Folk Song Subject Index

Have you ever wanted to find folk songs about sea battles, or unrequited love, or ghosts?

The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is undertaking a substantial new project to index, for the first time, what folk songs are about.

Folk collection returns ‘back home’ to new audiences

A renowned folk collection that was recorded around Britain over seventy-five years ago and has been stored in America ever since has been brought to new online audiences, thanks to a project led by the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute in partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

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Job vacancy: Archivist

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is offering an exciting opportunity for a committed archives and records management professional to join the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library as Archivist.