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Broadside Day 2022 Online

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


Library Lectures 2022

Booking is open now for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s 2022 series of Library Lectures, in which expert speakers guide you through fascinating topics around folk song and dance.

The series of four lectures be taking place on Zoom as they did last year, so people throughout England and beyond can attend.

Conference: Diversity in Folk

Booking is now open for the annual conference of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. This year’s event will concentrate on racial and ethnic diversity, both historically focused and in contemporary discourse.

Library opening update

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library remains open by appointment.

Reassessing our Archives

At the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library we recognise that our library and archive collections contain items with racist language and/or attitudes, or which depict outdated practices. This is especially true of some of the primary sources held in our archive; such views were common at the time of the first folk revival, and continued to manifest themselves in the decades which followed. We retain such items as we believe that it would be wrong to falsify the historical record. We also believe that in order to bring about meaningful change in the present, we must learn from the wrongs of the past; historical writing and objects are important in this process. We value the input of all current and potential users into our process of reassessing our archives. If you would like to speak to VWML staff about any concerns you may have in using our collections, whether online or physically, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are working to flag on the Library catalogue any items of stock which include any discriminatory language, views or images. This is a lengthy process and while we engage in it you may still find examples which are unacceptable to modern readers. We are also undertaking an appraisal of our classification scheme and subject headings in an effort to eliminate any reflections of the colonial world in which they were created. We are serious in our commitment to highlighting the wrongs of history and to fostering intelligent debate and positive progress in the present.