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Lift at Cecil Sharp House in action

Advance notice of lift closure at Cecil Sharp House

Between Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 April inclusive the lift at Cecil Sharp House will be out of service due to essential planned maintenance work. Please note that during this period there will be no step-free access to the building, or between floors, and at times there will be construction noise.

Continued professional development

The Full English: professional development one day courses

As part of the learning programme of The Full English project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is hosting professional development courses across the country. These events will demonstrate the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum from key stages 1 - 5, including work at GCSE and A Level, inspired by The Full English digital archive of manuscript materials. If you want to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to start using folk music, dance and drama to enhance your teaching, find an event happening near you and get involved!

The Full English: free Open Archive Days

Celebrate The Full English digital archive and discover the history and collections within at free open day at archives taking place in London and Wiltshire. Listen to expert speakers, view original collections and learn how to access the world’s biggest digital archive of folk song, tune, dance and custom manuscripts.

The Full English Archive Open Day in Cambridge

The Full English Archive Open Day at Clare College, Cambridge

The sun shone and the first in our series of The Full English Archive Open Days was duly held in the Gillespie Centre at Clare College, the University of Cambridge. The star attraction here is the Cecil Sharp fair copy manuscripts – the most famous ones – which were put on display for all to see under the watchful eye of archivist Robert Athol and his team of helpers.