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 continue. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is ideally placed to…

More events coming up: Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

Folklore Society News

Helen Frisby

Listen to BBC Radio 4 on Monday 9 February, 11.00 a.m., when our own Helen Frisby will be talking about salt, sin-eating and funeral customs

Storytelling and Activism

Symposium, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Cardiff. 24-25 April 2015

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From Goethe to Grimm

From Goethe to Grimm, Friday 16 January 2015 at The British Library. Our own Juliette Wood is one of the speakers.

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The Katharine Briggs Lecture 2014

Diane Goldstein, '“Cry, Lady, Cry!” Maternal Infanticide Narratives and the Vernacular Construction of Blame', 19 November 2014 at The Warburg Institute.

Many thanks Diane for a wonderful lecture

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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21st — 22nd March 2015 Dance Disguised and Obscured

  • Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
  • Organised by Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society
  • Contact:

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.

23rd — 25th April 2015 Tales Beyond Borders Conference

A two-day international conference (24th-25th April) and postgraduate/ECR workshop (23rd April) exploring the intercultural role of fairy tales, folk tales and fantasy literature. More details and call for papers (deadline 31st Jan) at the link.

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
  • Contact:

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.