In 2007 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £154,500 to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for an 18 month pilot project entitled Take 6. The grant was to enable the EFDSS to archive and conserve six of its major folk song and dance manuscript collections and make them more widely accessible to the public, particularly to the communities where they were first collected. This would be achieved through internet access as well as education and community projects in Lancashire, Hampshire and London
Other counties covered by the Take 6 project include Oxfordshire, Sussex, Norfolk, Yorkshire and Dorset.
The six collections were:
In February 2011 the Sabine Baring-Gould Folk Song archive, which was created by Wren Music as part of the Devon Tradition project, was added to the Take 6 digital archive. This project was also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and ran from July 2009 to February 2011. The collection was designed to fit alongside the Take 6 website, and can be searched and used in the same way.
All seven collections will now form part of The Full English digital archive, launched in June 2013.
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Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Devon Tradition