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April Seminar: The Golden Age of Folk Song Collecting

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The Golden Age of Folk Song Collecting: Preserving England’s Cultural Heritage

In the late 19th century there was an urgent push to save a part of England’s cultural heritage believed to be on the verge of extinction: its folk songs, dances and customs. The Folk Song Society was formed to systematically gather and preserve these intangible traditions.

This talk will explore these treasures - which form the basis of the archive; the recent projects to make them more accessible, and the ways in which the songs provide a window into the world of working class life at the turn of the 20th century.

Laura Smyth is Library and Archives Director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Following the ground-breaking project ‘The Full English’, Laura has recently been co-delivering ‘Carpenter Folk Online’, a new digitisation project in collaboration with The Elphinstone Institute and Library of Congress.Laura is herself an accomplished folk singer and dancer.

Free for AfL members, non-members £6. Refreshments provided.

Thursday 5th April 2018: 18.00 – 19.30 (doors open 17.30)