The Full English Digital Archive Launch

On Thursday 20 June 2013 the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) launched a new digital archive - The Full English - enabling anyone anywhere in the world to explore traditional English folk music and dances tunes. The event took place at Cecil Sharp House, London.


  1. The Full English contains over 44,000 records and over 58,000 digitised images from the archives of 19 of the most important and influential collectors in the UK.

    You can freely browse and search all the materials in these collections now.  

    At the launch event, guests heard speeches from EFDSS Chief Executive Katy Spicer, EFDSS President Shirley Collins MBE, and Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Director Malcolm Taylor. The audience was also treated to the world premiere of The Full English Tour - new music and arrangements inspired by The Full English collections, presented and performed by Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls - the result of a unique EFDSS commission, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, with Fay Hield.

    We'll be releasing photos and footage from the event in coming days, so keep an eye out on EFDSS' YouTube and Flickr channels!

    The Full English is an EFDSS project made largely possible with a £585,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Full English has also been made possible with support from the National Folk Music Fund, whose funding is given in memory of Ursula Vaughan Williams, and The Folklore Society.

    EFDSS has worked in partnership with Clare College, The British Library, The Folklore Society, the Grainger Museum at The University of Melbourne, The Mitchell Library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to amalgamate collections that are housed across the country.
  2. The Full English Tour: soundcheck in progress...
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  4. Posters about The Full English collectors, created by students from Sheffield University, adorned the walls of Cecil Sharp House:
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  6. Comments from guests at the digital archive launch event, on Twitter:
  7. We've been keeping an eye on Facebook too. The initial reactions from our Facebook friends and fans has been positive:
  8. My goodness - I could lose myself in here.
  9. Thank you to all who have worked on this fantastic archive
  10. Wonderful - many thanks for this precious gift to the world :)
  11. Many congrats. Looking forward to accessing the Broadwood material in the ease of my home very soon :-)
  12. Congratulations and thank you very much for making this fantastic resource available!
  13. My goodness - I could lose myself in here.