The Folklore Museums Network is proud to link up with The Folklore Network, which comprises the fantastic Folklore Podcast and Folklore Library & Archive. These organisations are at the forefront of disseminating knowledge about folklore, as well as collecting and preserving folklore material for future generations. To find out more, and to view content made by other members of the network, go to: Folklore Network (thefolklorepodcast.com)
To facilitate networking, some of our members wish to share their details publicly:
Assistant Curator of Social History for Norfolk Museums Service based at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers’ Hall Museum. Also morris dancer and musician actively participating in many folk traditions. @SundancerBethan firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Grinev (email@example.com)
By day, a Museums and Galleries Masters Student with aspirations to
work in the museum field to promote hidden stories. By night, an
amateur artist and writer using folklore to enrich their works.
I’m Heritage Manager for North Lincolnshire Museums, which includes North Lincolnshire Museum and Normanby Hall Country Park. The museums holds extensive collections covering the history of the area from geological origins to modern day. The Folklore collections include two important archives: the Rudkin and Peacock collections. There is also material related to local traditions such as the Haxey Hood and Plough Jags, and holdings of local archaeological material related to religion and ritual. All of the collections team have a keen interest in folklore and interpreting this material for our audiences. Recent temporary exhibitions have included the Coleby Plough Jags: A Living Tradition and Saints Sinners: Religion and Ritual in Medieval North Lincolnshire.
Diane A. Rodgers - firstname.lastname@example.org @dianearodgers
Co-founder of the Centre for Contemporary Legend and Senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. My research interest interests are in the communication of folklore in the media and popular culture, particularly film and television. My PhD study focuses on 'wyrd' British television of the 1970s, such as the BBC Ghost Story for Christmas series, Children of the Stones, public information films and the television drama of Nigel Kneale.
Join and share your skills with the network
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 email@example.com
Thanks and best wishes,