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Crowdfunder for Ritual Britain Exhibition

We are delighted to see that our crowdfunder campaign has almost reached it's target.

Our exhibition will be at the Crypt Gallery in Euston, London from the 4th June - 4th July.

We have no permanent home for the museum and most of the time, the collection is held in storage, so we were thrilled when Ben Edge invited us to show some of the collection alongside his painting series, 'Frontline Folklore', which explores the seasonal customs of England.

We are planning an exciting collaboration to produce the exhibition 'Ritual Britain' which has been as imagined as a seasonal journey through the customs of the British Isles.

The exhibition will be held at the Crypt, Euston - an atmospheric venue which is very close to Euston station and Central London. For people who are unable to visit the exhibition in person, we are producing an exhibition catalogue, featuring Ben Edge's paintings and photographs of the museum objects.

We will also develop a series of talks, including a panel discussion with Zakia Sewell (Radio 4, 'My Albion') and an interview with Alex Merry of all women's morris dancing group, Boss Morris to talk about their approach to tradition.

We need to raise funds to cover exhibition production costs (transportation and fabrication) and the exhibition publication (photography and print costs). We also need to cover expenses for our speakers and film showings.

'Ritual Britain' promises to be a timely look at these collective seasonal celebrations which have been much missed over the past year!

Please help us to realise this exciting project and share our collection with a wider public.



A Case for Support film

We are delighted to be able to show a short film we have had commissioned by the talented young film maker, Tom Chick. The film outlines why the museum project is of importance and that we are now actively looking for funding, having completed our two year exhibition programme. The film features, among others, the historian Professor Ronald Hutton, Katy Spicer, Chief Executive of EFDSS, and the author and design critic, Alice Rawsthorn, to whom we would like to extend our thanks for their time in taking part.

Should anyone know of any interested parties, likely investors or ambassadors for the project, please pass on a link to this page.

The Wicker Man

Simon Costin, the museums director is to give an introduction to a screening of The Wicker Man, looking at the various folkloric traditions and motifs used within the film.


New Morris Figures swell the ranks

Firstly, a Very Happy New Year to one and all!
We wanted to share the latest batch of Morris Figures that arrived at the end of least year. We are hoping to be able to show the collection again in 2017, so will post news of this as soon as we have it. Meanwhile huge thanks to all these teams for all their hard work on creating such wonderful characters for the ongoing Morris Doll Collection.


The Ballad of British Folklore film

We are delighted to present this short film made by the team at Christie's, South Kensington.

The Ballad of British Folklore

On the 2nd August almost 700 people came along to the Christie's Late evening to celebrate our exhibition, The Ballad of British Folklore. We were delighted with the turn out as people queued to have their books signed by photographers, Homer Sykes and Henry Bourne, listened to Sam Lee singing some songs from his new album, 'The Fade in Time' and made Green Man masks with Rob Flowers, as the Boss Morris troupe kept the crowds entertained. We would really like to thank the whole team at Christie's South Kensington for all their support and hard work hosting the evening and to all the people who came along with offers of help, we very much appreciate it. The show runs until 2nd September, 2016.


The doors open


Simon Costin and Henry Bourne in conversation


Some of the many Morris Folk on display


Boss Morris


Some of the museum's costumes


Haxey Hood by Alec Doherty

All pictures by Jonny Dredge apart from Pixelsonpage which is Barry Pitman


Rob Flowers Green Man mask making class


Mask making for all ages