The Folklore Society

The Folklore Society was founded in London, England in 1878 and was one of the first folklore societies in the world to be formed.1 The society studies traditional vernacular culture, including traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief, but also has interests in popular religion, traditional and regional food, folk medicine, children's folklore, traditional sayings, proverbs, rhymes and jingles.

Publications

The society has, since 1889, published a quarterly journal called Folklore, and has in addition, since 1986, produced a regular newsletter called FLS News. The Society has published a wide range of monographs and pamphlets on different aspects of folklore, under the imprints of Mistletoe Books and FLS Books, and also regularly collaborates in the books of other publishers.2


Facilities

The society has a substantial library and archive, housed at the D M S Watson Library at University College, London and aims to "foster the research and documentation of folklore worldwide, and to make the results of such study available to all, whether members of the Society or not".3


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