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At the heart of English folk


The Golden Thread Project

The Golden Thread Project

Various Artists

14 March 2018 - 29 July 2018

The Golden Thread project is a celebration of folk songs that have a UK root and found a place in the USA musical tradition. The project takes its inspiration from Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles’ collecting experiences in the Appalachian Mountains, and is based on research undertaken in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

Caitlin Hinshelwood

Kissing the Shuttle

Caitlin Hinshelwood

27 September 2017 - 28 January 2018

This exhibition by Caitlin Hinshelwood presents large-scale textile banners created in response to research from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, the Working Class Movement Library, Salford and the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

'This Girl Can' Morris Dance: Girls' carnival morris dancing in the 21st century

'This Girl Can' Morris Dance: Girls' carnival morris dancing in the 21st century

Lucy Wright

22 March - 30 July 2017

Girls’ morris dancing – sometimes called ‘fluffy’ or ‘carnival’ morris dancing – is a highly competitive team dance from the Northwest of England, which shares a name, but little else at first glance, with the better-known morris traditions performed across the UK.

Narratives of Location

Narratives of Location

Judith Burrows

19 October 2016 - 22 January 2017

This exhibition features Judith Burrows' large scale paintings. These are inspired by the locations which she sources for her photographic and film portraits of musicians. A selection of her portraits will hang alongside the canvasses, as well as sketches and notes taken for shoots.

A Cecil Sharp House Retrospective

Various artists

15 June - 2 October

A retrospective featuring a selection of works from our permanent collection alongside pieces from our temporary exhibitions programme of the past 8 years.