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Gypsy and Traveller Voices in Archives

The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s archives contain many songs sung by Gypsies and Travellers. A new project will make these songs more accessible to the communities from which they came.

Library Conference: Call for Papers

Folk dance: grappling with tradition

Pat Tracey step dancing

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