Devoted to the Study of Folklore and Tradition

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

Next Folklore Society Event

Folklore: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  • 17th — 19th April 2015
  • Sheffield University, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield S10 3ER, UK


In Britain, as elsewhere, folklore is currently in a peculiar position. Popular interest has rarely been greater. Scholarly research and publication continues. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is…

More events coming up: Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

Folklore Society News

The Katharine Briggs Award 2014

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Katharine Briggs Award is David Atkinson, for his book The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts, published by OpenBook Publishers. Congratulations David.


Non-Print Media Award 2014

We're very happy to announce that the winner of our inaugural Non-Print Media Award 2014 was presented to Rod Stradling for Old Fashioned Songs: Cecilia Costello; Musical Traditions [Double CD ]

Here are the judges' comments: 

This recent…

Folklore Society President’s Prize 2014

Congratulations to Ben Kehoe, winner of the Folklore Society President's Prize 2014, for his entry: '“He appeared to us like a God”: Popular Perceptions and Memories of Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Revolution of 1860 in Sicily in the Later…

Eddie Cass

We are very sad to report the death, on 17 September, of Dr Eddie Cass, our vice-president and former president, and author of The Lancashire Pace-Egg Plays and The Pace-Egg Plays of the Calder Valley. He will be very much missed.

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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28th November 2014, 18:30—21:00 Hogarth Hop

FREE EVENT: Join us for an evening of Baroque dance & music, gin, beer and cartooning - an evening fit for a Hogarthian print.

To book, please visit our online shop or call the museum on 0207 580 8155.

4th December 2014, 18:30—21:30 AfterHours: Folklore & Storytelling

An evening of folkloric intrigue: special guest performance form folk singer Jackie Oates; hunt the famous ‘witch in a bottle’; listen to a gallery talk; hear live poetry; view footage from the archives; create a personal yarn. Cash Bar.

21st January 2015, 17:15—18:30 Dr Steve O’Brien, ‘British and Irish Folktales’

  • Venue: Room H144, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE
  • Organised by The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
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Steve O’Brien will be presenting his latest work, a retelling of British and Irish folktales. Tickets £5/£3 concesssions or free to University staff and students.

21st — 22nd March 2015 Dance Disguised and Obscured

  • Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
  • Organised by Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society
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Share the latest research in historical dance from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, focussing primarily on practice. Workshops, papers and lecture-demonstrations exploring new material from sources and fresh insights into performance.

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
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Conference: Call for Papers deadline 15 December 2014


Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to

The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.