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Welcome to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library


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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!


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.



Eliza Carthy

Mon 16th Jun 2014, 11:00

MBE for EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy



Malcolm Taylor OBE

Mon 28th Apr 2014, 13:07

New chapter for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library



Yan Tan Tethera

Wed 23rd Apr 2014, 16:45

Unique Yan Tan Tethera commission inspired by materials within VWML



Cecil Sharp House

Thu 17th Apr 2014, 15:24

Easter opening times




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