In March 2023 the Folklore Museums Network and Museums Galleries Scotland (with kind support from HES) hosted 'Creative Responses to Intangible Cultural Heritage & Folklore' at St. Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh. The event brought together speakers working in the arts and with intangible cultural heritage, and explored how museums and heritage organisations can harness the importance of both fields to interpret collections, reach communities and explore diverse histories. Many thanks to all our inspiring speakers, to Museums Galleries Scotland staff (especially Jacob O'Sullivan, Devon McHugh, Keira Easton and Eleanor Haswell), and to HES for funding support. Films of the presentations will be made available by MGS.
Friday March 3 2023
St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh EH1 1LL
11:15 – Welcome and introductions, Jacob O'Sullivan, Peter Hewitt (MGS/FMN)
Screening of Visit Scotland ICH film
11:30 – Ben Edge – 'Frontline Folklore' new artistic responses to tradition
12:30 - Janos Lang, Ando Glaso – Roma Music & Culture in Scotland (Performance and interview)
13:00 – Lunch
13:45 – Steve Byrne, 'Creative Ethnology in the Field: putting ICH into action'
14:05 – Valentina Bold, 'Up the Middle Road' Creative responses to the history of mental health
14:30 – Panel discussion
15:30 – Dr. Jenny Nex: discussion of St Cecilia’s Hall Musical Instrument Collection
16.15 - Thanks and closing remarks Dr. Devon McHugh (MGS)
Ben Edge is an acclaimed artist. His fieldwork on the folk customs of the British Isles (and beyond) inspires his remarkable paintings, sculpture, video work and music. He recently exhibited at the Crypt Gallery London with 'Ritual Britian' with the Museum of British Folklore. In this talk, Ben will explore South Queensferry's Burryman traditions and how his research informed his artistic practice.
Janos Lang is a founding member of Ando Glaso, a Roma cultural non profit organisation. Ando Glaso’s mission is not only to strengthen and support Roma people; but to work with diverse communities and stakeholders across Scotland to celebrate and promote Roma cultural heritage.
Steve Byrne is the Director of TRACS, Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland. He is also a folklorist, Scots singer, researcher and community activist. Over the past decade he has worked on a range of public folklore projects with the organisation Local Voices in schools and communities for clients including the National Library of Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Kilmartin House Museum. In 2020-21, Steve authored the report "Mapping Intangible Cultural Heritage Assets and Collections in Scotland" for a partnership of national cultural bodies.
Valentina Bold is a writer, researcher and presenter. She is a nationally and internationally recognised expert on Scottish culture and community heritage: literature, songs, stories, working lives, food traditions. Valentina is currently Heritage Policy and Projects Officer with the Crichton Trust. As a result of a recent oral history project, she developed an exciting new creative event, partnered by Emily Smith, Jamie McLennan, Amanda Edmiston and Kathleen Cronie. This was performed, in a series of sold out events, in 2022 as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories: ‘Up the Middle Road: Crichton Stories of Resilience and Recovery’.
In December 2021 the FMN hosted the Folklore & ICH in Scotland conference. The event brought together speakers of international standing, case studies of projects, inspiring perspectives on collections and the archaeological/heritage landscape, to drive forward the ways in which museums and heritage organisations deal with folklore and related fields. You can watch all (but one) of the sessions below. Thanks to all our inspiring speakers, and Ben Thomas, Laura Harrison and Jacob O'Sullivan for supporting this event. Many thanks to Emily C. at MGS for editing and preparing the videos.
'The Kinmont Willie Sword and other Tales of Mettle'
Dr Bold discussed her research into a early modern sword in Annan Museum and its purported links to Kinmount Willie - a border reiver immortalized in ballad and song.
Apologies - there was a technical issue with recording and this video is unavailable at present.
Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2022, 09:30-17:30
This conference explores the contribution of folklore and folkloristics to diversity of all types, including ethnicity, religion, nation, region, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and others, via all aspects of folklore, including jokes, tales, legends, myths, symbolism, music, calendar customs, folk drama, material culture, the rituals of everyday life, and many others besides, in order to interrogate the collaborations and contestations arising from cross-cultural engagements across time and place. To improve accessibility, the full texts of several papers will be available to download by conference participants who wish to read along during the talks. Saturday afternoon’s talks will be signed by British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. And live closed captioning will be available throughout the conference.
Full list of speakers and details here: https://folklore-society.com/event/open-voices-folklore-for-all-folklore-of-all/
Book a ticket here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-voices-folklore-for-all-folklore-of-all-tickets-255163048547 Tickets are for the whole three-day conference. Contact thefolkloresociety @ gmail.com for more information re bookings, tickets and Reduced rate if you’re a Speaker or a Student. The Conference will be held via Zoom...
(Image courtesy C. Oates/J.Goodman)
December 16, 2021 - Conference - Folklore & ICH In Scotland & UK
In collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland & Museums Galleries Scotland: To register: Museums Galleries Scotland | Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland
Second Meeting - Possible Funding Streams - 22/9/20 @ 4pm via Zoom please contact email@example.com for invite details.
First Meeting - Introduction to FMN - hosted by Museums Galleries Scotland, 18/8/20.
The Folklore Museums Network, Historic Environment Scotland, and Museums Galleries Scotland will present an exciting conference on folklore, material culture, intangible culture, heritage and museums on Thursday December 16, 2021. The day will bring together speakers of international standing, case studies of projects, inspiring perspectives on collections and the archaeological/heritage landscape, to drive forward the ways in which museums and heritage organisations deal with folklore and related fields.
Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland and the UK
Thursday, December 16
Welcome & Introductions
Peter Hewitt (Folklore Museums Network)
Ben Thomas and Laura Harrison (Historic Environment Scotland)
Jacob O’Sullivan (Museums Galleries Scotland)
10.35 Hugh Cheape– Taking forward Material Culture and Folklore: our engagement with people, place and regional ethnology
11.20 Q&A (15 mins)
11.35 Break (15 mins)
11.50 Tina Paphitis - The Place of Folklore in Archaeological Landscapes: Plurality, Participation and Practice
12.10 Jeremy Harte - These boots were made for walking: haunted objects in museums
12.30 Rhona Ramsey - Nacken chaetrie: finding the material culture of Gypsy/Travellers in Scottish museums
12.50 Q&A (15 mins)
13.05 Lunch (55 mins, reconvene at 14.00)
14.00 Miriam Morris - Talking Statues Case study: Archives, Walks and Talks
14.20 Gauri Raje - Passing down stories: Working across generations with migrant stories
14.40 Valentina Bold - 'The Kinmont Willie Sword and other Tales of Mettle'
15.00 Q&A (15 mins)
15.15 Break (15 mins)
15.30 Round Table Discussion
To book your free place please go to: Museums Galleries Scotland | Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland
Many thanks to all those who attended our inaugural meeting on 18 August 2020. It was great to see so many people from such varied backgrounds. There were lots of great contributions making it clear that folklore is a vibrant field of study, engaging young and old, from all walks of life.
It was good to hear from attendees about their interests and aspirations - apologies that we couldn't hear from everyone. Thanks also to the hundreds of people who have supported the FMN so far but could not attend the meeting on the 18th.
We started to envisage the possible connections that could stem from this network - between creatives, academics, NGOs, funding bodies, heritage and museum sites, community groups, and enquiring minds generally. It was also really exciting to consider how the Folklore Museums Network could facilitate a change of perspective on folklore within the museum sector. It was evident that folklore has a mass popular appeal and can play a key role in place-making, tourism, public engagement and the exploration of identity.
We did not cover organisational structure - this will be a separate meeting in the (near) future. Whilst the possibility of grant-funding is a clear benefit of charitable status, a committee and membership etc., there is so much that we can do in the meantime. The future looks promising, thanks for your support and enthusiasm.
To keep up the momentum, please do consider writing a blog for the website:
Blogs (of around 300 words and a picture) could take the form of:
A study of a museum object that intrigues you
A museum that you like/your museum that approaches folklore in an interesting way
A book you’ve read that makes you think differently about folklore
An explanation of a theory of folklore/book/artwork/piece of music etc. that you think is relevant to displaying/thinking about folklore in museum collections
Why not contribute a short biography with a rundown of why you’re interested in the network and what you're working on at the moment? This would be a good way to connect with people in the short term…
Email your blogs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and best wishes,