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Festive period opening hours

The Library will be closed for visits in person from Monday 19 December 2022. From this date will be working from home until 1pm on Friday 23 December, so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during this time.

We will be reopening for the New Year on Tuesday 3 January 2023. 


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Broadside Day 2023

Conference on Street Literature and Cheap Print


Library Lectures 2023


The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library will present a series of four lectures in Spring 2023.

We are pleased to return to in-person presentations at Cecil Sharp House, with live streaming for anyone who is not able to travel.

The 2023 lectures are:

‘The poet John Clare as violinist and collector of folk melodies’

Presented by Eugenia Russell, Wednesday 18 January

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‘Harmer Fecit: the Songs and Dances in Sylvan Harmer's Song Book (1818–1821)’

Presented by Sean Goddard, Wednesday 15 February

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‘How to sing in the street’

Presented by Oskar Cox Jensen, Wednesday 15 March

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‘Distant Cousins: Cornish Christmas Carols in South Australia’

Presented by Kate Neale, Wednesday 19 April

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Watch selected past Library Lectures on YouTube

Broadside Day 2022 Online

Saturday 12 Feb 2022, 9:30am-5:00pm, on Zoom

Broadside Day 2023: Call for papers

Call for Papers: Broadside Day

Saturday 11th February 2023

One-day conference – In-person and online

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

For more than 20 years, the annual Broadside Day, organised jointly by the Traditional Song Forum and the EFDSS, has been the gathering place for people interested in street literature and cheap print – broadsides, chapbooks, prints, tracts, penny histories, woodcuts, and so on.

We would be pleased to receive submissions for 20-minute papers on any aspect of cheap print and street literature.

Please send a title, short abstract and short biography to Steve Roud (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Wednesday 7th December 2022.

Most of our papers are concerned with British and Ireland, or English-language print traditions elsewhere, but we always have one or two from further afield, so we would welcome submissions from other places.

Contributors might like to know that many previous Broadside Day papers have been published by The Ballad Partners.