Celebrate The Full English digital archive and discover the history and collections within at free open day at archives taking place in London and Wiltshire. Listen to expert speakers, view original collections and learn how to access the world’s biggest digital archive of folk song, tune, dance and custom manuscripts.
The sun shone and the first in our series of The Full English Archive Open Days was duly held in the Gillespie Centre at Clare College, the University of Cambridge. The star attraction here is the Cecil Sharp fair copy manuscripts – the most famous ones – which were put on display for all to see under the watchful eye of archivist Robert Athol and his team of helpers.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is delighted that the album inspired by The Full English digital archive has been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. The album, featuring Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr, Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls, was commissioned by EFDSS - with a grant from the PRS for Music Foundation - and is released on Topic Records to mark the launch of The Full English digital archive in June this year.
The team at Cecil Sharp House would like to thank you all for your patience while building works continue at Cecil Sharp House.
By Nick Wall, Assistant Librarian at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
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