Talk – “Considering Morris Dance Costumes as English National Dress” – Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe (LIVE on Zoom)

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This talk engages with a recurring popular quandary: Why does England not have a national dress? Starting its exploration in the Edwardian folk revival and finishing in the late twentieth century, this talk will consider the shifting relationships between revival morris costumes and the deliberate projection of Englishness. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Workshop – Whitby Toesday Hornpipe Clog Routine for Beginners & Intermediates – Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)

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Melanie Barber will teach both the Whitby Toesday Hornpipes, for Beginners and Intermediates, comprising ten steps, which she wrote for the Whitby Folk Week Community Facebook Group in 2016. A basic knowledge of clog techniques such as straight and round shuffles would be useful but not essential.  11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “A History of Mumming” – Stephen Rowley (LIVE on Zoom)

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In the last 20 years significant advances have been made in understanding the origins of mumming and mummers plays.  The ‘pagan’ fertility ritual of life and death theory has been thoroughly rebutted and shown to be a misguided scholastic invention of the 1880s.  Examination of the evidence reveals a rich and colourful story of traditions with threads extending far beyond the shores of Britain. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” – Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)

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Peter Bearon's talk will compare the coconut dance tradition in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire with that of Els Moretons in Manacor, Mallorca. Both traditions are likely to have originated during the 1850s. The coconut dance tradition from Provence known as ‘Lei Cocot’ or ‘Les Coco’ will then be considered. ‘Lei Cocot’ appears to date from the first half of the 19th century.  We will then look at the development of coconut dancing on the 19th century stage and the possible transmission of the dance from stage to street. Finally, we will look at the tune generally known as the Rochdale Coconut Dance and the tune used by Els Moretons and compare them both with a tune simply called Cocoa Nut Dance published in tune collections in the 1830s/1840s. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “Morris Dolls in the Museum of British Folklore” – Simon Costin (LIVE on Zoom)

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Simon Costin will be speaking about his project to establish the UK’s first ever museum dedicated to our seasonal customs and events. An overview of the project from his early influences and how he took to the road in 2009 in a painted caravan, travelling across the UK to gauge interest in the project, and then highlighting some of the many exhibitions that the museum has set up over the past few years including how the Morris Doll collection came to be. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

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