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Speakers for Upcoming Conferences Announced

The speakers for our upcoming 2017 conferences have been announced! Learn from the experts about street literature at Broadside Day, or morris dancing at the Histories of Morris in Britain! 


Broadside Day 2017

Saturday 25 Feburary

Come to the Broadside Day, the annual one day conference for people interested in street literature in all its fascinating aspects - broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, country fairs, and from pedlars’ packs up and down the country in past centuries. 

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Papers will include: 

The Bodleian Library’s collections of street literature / Alexandra Franklin

Street Literature 101: A Brief Introduction to the Field

‘A Warning Take By Me’ - The Urban Hazard Ballad of the 19th Century / Peter Smith

Penurious poets and ballad-mongers: some nineteenth century ballad singers and sellers in Cumberland and Westmorland / Sue Allan

Robin Hood Ballads sung in the Community / Bob Askew

Competing narratives of crime and punishment in Victorian Street literature / Genevieve Adeline 

'He said that I am the way:' 21st century street preachers / Alexandra McGlynn  

The Beginning, Progress and End of Man as an interactive text / Jacqueline Reid-Walsh

Eighteenth-century ballad printing: standing type and the Dicey /Marshall Berkshire Tragedy / David Atkinson

British Broadsides; with Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann / Oxford Contemporary Music


The Histories of Morris in Britain

Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March 

This specialist conference will focus on morris dancing within the British Isles and its history up to recent times. As an enduring feature of British culture across more than six centuries, research in, and understanding, appreciation and practice of, our vernacular dance genre is worth celebrating. Contributions from practitioners and scholars have been invited to this two-day event to share practice, archival research, oral history and local custom.

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Saturday Programme

Women in Morris
This Girl Can Morris Dance: Girls’ Carnival Morris Dancing and the Politics of Participation / Lucy Wright
The Women’s Morris Federation – from start to finish / Val Parker
What to Dance? What to Wear? The Repertoire and Costume of Morris Women in the 1970s / Sally Wearing

Morris at Court
Rank Outsider or an Outsider of Rank? Mr Isaac’s Morris Dance / Jennifer Thorp
Morris and Masque at the Jacobean Court / Anne Daye

The Early Revival
Morris Tunes Collected by James Madison Carpenter / Elaine Bradtke
“Pilgrimages to Holy Places”: The Travelling Morrice, 1922-1939 / Matt Simons
“I Ring for the General Dance”: Morris and Englishness in the Work of Conrad Noel / Katie Palmer Heathman

Material Culture
Why Do Morris Dancers Wear White? / Chloe Metcalfe
Materialising Morris Dancing: Tangible Aspects of an Intangible Heritage / David Petts

Sunday Programme

The History of History
Roy Dommett : His Influence on the “Morris” World, Past, Present and Future / John Lewis, Beth Neil, & Jerry West
"How To Approach Reading 'The History of Morris Dancing' / John Forrest

The Later Revival
Merrie England, May Day and More: Morris Dances in Cumbria in the Early Twentieth Century / Sue Allan
Consequences of Bringing North West Morris to the South East England : the Chantonbury Ring effect / Sean Goddard & Ed Bassford 
A Different Sort of Revival: the Life and Times of the Manley Morris Dancers / Derek Schofield

The Morris Dark Ages
A Comparison of Coconut Dances in Lancashire, Mallorca, Provence & on the 19th Century Stage with Particular Reference to the Tune Known as Rochdale Coconut Dance / Peter Bearon
‘Time to Ring Some Changes’: Bell Ringing and the Decline of Morris Dancing in the Earlier Eighteenth Century / Jameson Wooders 
Morris Dancers in the Political and Civic Process / Michael Heaney