Unlocking hidden treasures of England's cultural heritage
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will launch a new digital archive that will allow anyone anywhere in the world to explore traditional English folk music and dances tunes on Thursday 20 June.
Cecil Sharp House, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), is set for a major renovation project that will result in improved access and upgraded facilities for visitors.
Improvements will, for the first time, offer wheelchair users easy access to all four floors of the Grade II listed building in Camden, north London.
On Thursday 20 June The Full English digital archive will be unveiled.
Editor of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) English Dance & Song magazine, Derek Schofield, has had a sneak preview of this tremendous resource and, prompted by Scarborough Folk Dance group’s centenary, has used the Cecil Sharp field note-books to investigate the two trips Sharp made to Goathland (immediately after visits to see the Scarborough folk dancers in 1913 and 1914).
Ballot opens for tickets to exclusive launch event
In partnership with leading academic institutions, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) have created the world’s most comprehensive searchable digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs.
To celebrate unveiling The Full English digital archive, we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets to the official launch event at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 20 June. The world’s biggest digital archive of English traditional folk music and dance, this will be a ground-breaking resource. Twenty five pairs of tickets are available, via ballot entry only.
By Nick Wall, Assistant Librarian at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
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