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)
Our friends at the Folklore Podcast have just launched the Folklore Library & Archive at www.folklorelibrary.com. It is a new online resource that aims to preserve an ever-growing repository of research material in the field of folklore for future generations of researchers. The project, which soft-launched on May 5 2021, will soon become fully available, and is split into the following categories:
Library – an extensive folklore library of both print books and electronic editions
Audio Archives – comprising recordings of folklore talks and lectures spanning many years, as well as audio field recordings and other interviews
Video Archives – folklore customs, traditions and other items recorded in the field
Document Archives – including the UKs largest archives of spectral Black Dog accounts and many thousands of pages of other research notes
Photographic Archives – photographs taken at sites of folkloric interest, as well as photographic records of customs, traditions, objects and more
Researchers will be able to request copies of information from the Library & Archives, for which indexes will be available online, in line with copyright regs where items are not in the public domain already.
The founding team is composed of four members, all of whom are currently working on the project on a volunteer capacity: Mark Norman, folklore researcher, author and founder of The Folklore Podcast thefolklorepodcast.com; Rhianna Wynter, a storyboard artist and illustrator; Danial Wynter, archivist and creator of Board Game Feast; and Joana Varanda, writer and founder of the Twitter page Superstition Saturday Superstition Sat/urday (@SuperstitionSat) / Twitter.
For more info visit their beautifully designed website www.folklorelibrary.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.
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