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Can you help to preserve folk’s history?

The nation’s priceless folk collection needs your help!

Make a donation today


The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is the most important folk music and dance research resource in England. Our unique collection contains over 20,000 printed items dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, 10,000 audio items, 15,000 photographs and 30 major manuscript collections, cine-films, ephemera and artefacts – including line drawings, paintings, phonographs and costumes.

Since its foundation in 1930, the Library has greatly benefitted from the support of numerous individuals, trusts and organisations. This generosity has helped to maintain and develop the library to the extent that it has now achieved a unique status within the libraries and archives sectors. If you would like play a role in supporting the VWML’s work, there are a number of ways you can help us.



Make a donation to VWML

We are grateful for any gift, large or small, to help us sustain and develop the work we do. 100% of your donation will go straight into the library budget.


Donate online

You can make a donation securely online today. Donate now


Donate over the phone

Simply call 020 7485 2206 and tell us that you would like to make a phone donation, directly to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.


Donate by post or in person

You can donate by cheque at any time. Please send a cheque made payable to EFDSS with a covering note stating that you would like the donation to be used for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

Please send your cheque to:
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road

You can also make a donation in person at Cecil Sharp House.


Donating to a specific project

If you’d prefer to make a donation in support of a specific library project, then please do contact the Library Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss, so we can be sure that your donation will be used correctly. 


Donating materials

VWML always welcomes offers of collections or individual items that would enhance its value and depth as the national repository of folk arts materials. Acceptance is largely dependent on the relevance of the materials being offered and considerations such as available space.

If you have some materials which you are considering donating to us, please contact the library team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be able to advise.



Legacies can be made to EFDSS or specifically to the Library. If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and you would like to discuss options, or if you would just like more information, please contact Katy Spicer on +44 (0)20 7485 2206 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.