English Folk Costume Archive

English Folk Costume Archive The English Folk Costume Archive is a collection of textile objects associated with English folk heritage.
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The English Folk Costume Archive is a private archive of textile artifacts which related to English folk heritage. The archive is small, currently consisting of around 90 individual items including handkerchiefs, morris bells, jackets, skirts and aprons. The archive has aspirations to grow and welcomes contact from anyone who would wish to donate relevant items. In the future it is hoped that the archive will set up temporary displays across the country. The items are stored in a domestic setting, and visiting is welcomed by appointment. The archive is curated by Chloe Elizabeth Middleton-Metcalfe who trained as a costume maker and has had experience working at Northampton Museum and Bath Fashion Museum. She has also undergone a number of day courses on textile preservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is widely recognised for her research on English folk dance costume and is currently completing her doctorate at Roehampton University on Folk Dance.

Mission: The purpose of the archive is to collect and conserve articles which relate to English folk clothing heritage in its contemporary and historical setting.

Thank you Clair Boyd for your kind donation of kit from Great North Clog Morris.
24/03/2020

Thank you Clair Boyd for your kind donation of kit from Great North Clog Morris.

Meet the curator. Chloe M-M will be giving a public lecture on the 12th of February. Not about costume, but if you are i...
03/01/2020
Library Lectures 2020

Meet the curator. Chloe M-M will be giving a public lecture on the 12th of February. Not about costume, but if you are interested in folk dance more broadly this could be for you.
https://www.vwml.org/vwml-news/6592-library-lectures-2020

The new series of Library Lectures kicks off in January, welcoming four fantastic speakers who will guide you through fascinating topics around folk song, dance and wider culture.

Thank you Kate Smith for donating some of Green Ginger Garland dancers's previous kit to the archive. Here is a close up...
13/06/2019

Thank you Kate Smith for donating some of Green Ginger Garland dancers's previous kit to the archive. Here is a close up of the felt headband (MM1905).

The curator has been a little busy recently, working on a study guide, which is going to be launched soon!Social Folk Da...
05/02/2019
Knees Up programme

The curator has been a little busy recently, working on a study guide, which is going to be launched soon!

Social Folk Dance Bibliography Launch
The VWML’s brand new Social Folk Dance Bibliography will be launched on the 15th of March at the Knees Up dance event in Cecil Sharp House. Come for a dance with band Token Women and caller Jo Freya and also find out a bit more about this exciting new resource.
http://www.kneesupcecilsharp.co.uk/programme.html
*please share as appropriate*

Forthcoming programme for Knees Up Cecil Sharp Ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House, London

The Collection
04/01/2019

The Collection

Can you help identify this kit? The last owner purchased it from a charity shop in East Sussex in 2017.
04/01/2019

Can you help identify this kit? The last owner purchased it from a charity shop in East Sussex in 2017.

The Collection
14/10/2018

The Collection

Thank you Sophie Watson for donating this kit from Lagabag Morris.
14/10/2018

Thank you Sophie Watson for donating this kit from Lagabag Morris.

English Folk Costume Archive
23/09/2018

English Folk Costume Archive

The Collection
23/09/2018

The Collection

Thanks to everyone who popped in to visit the archive yesterday at CEILIDH AND CANAL SHOW AND Festival Of Morris (+Fed A...
23/09/2018

Thanks to everyone who popped in to visit the archive yesterday at CEILIDH AND CANAL SHOW AND Festival Of Morris (+Fed AGM) Sat eve and a massive thank you to New Esperance Morris for inviting, hosting, arranging, and making it happen :)

22/09/2018

Special display today for the CEILIDH AND CANAL SHOW AND Festival Of Morris (+Fed AGM) Sat eve The theme is: waistcoats and bells :)

The archive has been donated this blue waistcoat, from Roy Dommett's family with felt work on the back. Can anyone help ...
29/07/2018

The archive has been donated this blue waistcoat, from Roy Dommett's family with felt work on the back. Can anyone help me identify whether this was a morris dancing team's logo?

For those interested in social folk dancing in England there is a very reasonably priced conference in London this Satur...
05/03/2018
Steps for Success: English Social Folk Dance Today

For those interested in social folk dancing in England there is a very reasonably priced conference in London this Saturday.

Saturday 10 March, 10am–5pm Cecil Sharp House, London Join us for this practice-sharing national conference for everyone who is involved in, interested in, and cares about English social folk dance. This will be a lively day with case study presentations, practical workshops, advice sessions and p...

This amazing costume was the feature of a 2008 English Dance and Song Article by Peter Millington. Isn't it wonderful! h...
27/11/2017
Cora Ginsburg Catalogue 2008 - MUMMER�S COSTUME WITH WOOL APPLIQUÉS - English (probably Yorkshire), dated 1829

This amazing costume was the feature of a 2008 English Dance and Song Article by Peter Millington. Isn't it wonderful!

http://www.coraginsburg.com/catalogues/2008/cat2008pg12-13.htm

As one of the foremost authorities in the field of antique textiles and costumes, Cora Ginsburg sells and provides a wealth of information on exquisite & rare works of art including 16th to 20th century costumes, textiles and needlework.

The Collection
26/11/2017

The Collection

We've updated our labelling system using archival quality tags and fade-proof inks! - Very exciting!
26/11/2017

We've updated our labelling system using archival quality tags and fade-proof inks! - Very exciting!

Had a great evening taking the archive to the Litchborough 2nd Monday Club in Northamptonshire!
14/11/2017

Had a great evening taking the archive to the Litchborough 2nd Monday Club in Northamptonshire!

Recent donations from: Standon Morris Men, Priston Jubilee Morris, Country Dance costumes from The Kemps and James Harry...
07/10/2017

Recent donations from: Standon Morris Men, Priston Jubilee Morris, Country Dance costumes from The Kemps and James Harry Searle. Some items can't be identified, a bell pad brought at a bring and buy sale in the west country and a beige painted waistcoat purchased from a bring and buy sale in Buckinghamshire. Items are awaiting proper photos and entry into the catalogue.

Recent donations from: Standon Morris Men, Priston Jubilee Morris, Country Dance costumes from The Kemps and James Harry Searle. Some items can't be identified, a bell pad brought at a bring and buy sale in the west country and a beige painted waistcoat purchased from a bring and buy sale in Buckinghamshire. Items are awaiting proper photos and entry into the catalogue.

English Folk Costume Archive
27/06/2017

English Folk Costume Archive

27/06/2017

And now with pictures of recent donations from Roy Dommett's collection, courtesy of his family, Jackstraws courtesy of Shirley Dixon, Beaux of London City in doll form thanks to The Morris Federation, Colne Royal Morris thanks to Alan Seymour. A big thank you to all our donors!

The Collection
27/06/2017

The Collection

Out and About
02/04/2017

Out and About

18/03/2017

The archive on tour: This Friday Boston Embroider's Guild, Lincolnshire.

Out and About
28/02/2017

Out and About

17/02/2017

Looking forward to the Dancing England event in Sheffield this Saturday! Keep an eye out for the archive :)

02/02/2017

First public event for the archive. Keep an eye out for us at the Dancing England spectacular in Sheffield on the 18th of February.

22/06/2016

If you "like" the folk archive, why not "like" the page and spread the word a little - thanks :)

English Folk Costume Archive's cover photo
17/05/2016

English Folk Costume Archive's cover photo

17/05/2016

A big thank you to Susan Bell, for donating some 35 items to the collection from the London team Flowers of May.

Flowers of May. Women’s Clog Morris Team from Harrow, London. Active from 1976-2004. The costume changed over time, init...
17/05/2016

Flowers of May. Women’s Clog Morris Team from Harrow, London. Active from 1976-2004. The costume changed over time, initially the team danced in Laura Ashley print dresses of various colours, but with a unifying white Apron. The team switched to grey dresses in 1978, waistcoats and straw hats were added in the 1990s. Items donated by Susan Bell. A/N MM16001a-i2.

Men’s Cotswold team called the Earls of Essex Morris. Practiced in the Earl of Essex pub, Islington the team called itse...
10/05/2016

Men’s Cotswold team called the Earls of Essex Morris. Practiced in the Earl of Essex pub, Islington the team called itself ‘Earls’. Formed out of the Woodcraft Folk Movement c1968. Chris inherited the waistcoat from the team when he joined in 1972, leaving in 1980. Used to have a Brian the Snail badge, a character from the Magic Roundabout badge on the left hand side, what badges were left up to the individual. Worn with white shirt and white britches. Donated by Chris Timson. A/N MM15005

06/05/2016

The English Folk Costume Archive - now online!

Just finished accessioning all the items kindly donated in the last few months, some fifty items in total, not a bad start! Thank you so much to all the kind people who have donated clothing: Joss Smithson Penny Brookman Anne Silver Chris Timson Stephen Eddington Anne Buchanan

The Collection
06/05/2016

The Collection

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Stony Stratford
Milton Keynes

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The English Folk Costume Archive is a private archive of textile artifacts which related to English folk heritage. The archive is small, currently consisting of around 90 individual items including handkerchiefs, morris bells, jackets, skirts and aprons. The archive has aspirations to grow and welcomes contact from anyone who wishes to donate relevant items. The archive provides temporary displays for interested groups, often alongside an illustrated talk about folk costume. The items are stored in a domestic setting, and visiting is welcomed by appointment. The archive is curated by Chloe Elizabeth Middleton-Metcalfe who trained as a costume maker and has had experience working at Northampton Museum and Bath Fashion Museum. She has also undergone a number of day courses on textile preservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is widely recognised for her research on English folk dance costume and is currently completing her doctorate at Roehampton University on folk dance.

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