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At the heart of English folk


Doc Rowe in the archive

Lore and the Living Archive

Bryony Bainbridge, Natalie Reid and Anna FC Smith

30 January 2019 - 14 April 2019

Lore and the Living Archive is the culmination of two years of research and development for three emerging artists who have responded to artefacts in the Doc Rowe Archive and Collection – and Doc himself as collector.

The Fire of Love

David Owen

26 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

This exhibition celebrates David Owen’s output of the last 10 years, welcoming him back to Cecil Sharp House following his exhibition Seeds of Love in 2008. 

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.

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.

'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.