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Welcome to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

Search The Full English

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!

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Browse Cecil Sharp's photo collection

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 Sharp’s Appalachian Diaries: 1915-1918

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.




Are you interested in local history, folk songs and tunes? Would you like to explore the folk songs and tunes that were collected locally to you, and around the world? Click here, and let the search begin!



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