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At the heart of English folk
Could you help to preserve folk's history?

Your help could preserve folk treasures for future generations

Ever since Cecil Sharp House opened in 1932, our Vaughan Williams Memorial Library has looked after our folk treasures.

We're so proud of the collection. From Cecil Sharp’s own field notebooks to William Kimber’s morris bells, not to mention books dating back to the 17th century, it is an essential resource for anyone interested in folk.

But this year we are asking for your help. Our incredibly rare books now require special care, such as bound volumes of 19th-century street literature, printed on incredibly fragile paper which is slowly disintegrating.  Our 18th-century Playford volumes need restoration, at an average cost of £270 for each volume.  And we need to raise £8,000 to digitise and preserve our collections of reel-to-reel tapes and cinefilm.

Could you help to ensure that these priceless treasures remain accessible to future generations? Please do support us today. 

Your donation will be matched by Arts Council England, and will count towards our fundraising goal. We're nearly there now - if we can raise an extra £8000 by August 2019, that means an extra £105,000 will be unlocked to support folk! Just think what that could mean for the folk world.

Help to preserve the folk world's greatest treasures today.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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There's never been a better time to support English Folk