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Folk Educators Group

Folk Education Development Day

- (Doors: Registration, refreshments and networking 10-11am)

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Join us for an action-packed day of presentations, practical sessions and discussions and find out more about the folk artists and learning projects in your area. There will be a feature on the Musicians in Museums programme.

The theme for the day is Heritage and Creativity: intangible cultural heritage in action.

The day will be hosted by Phillippa Heath, Learning and Engagement Manager, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and co-chaired by Kerry Fletcher, Folk Educators Group Coordinator.

This event will take place at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX.

There will be a focus on EFDSS’ Musicians in Museums programme with speakers from all three museums along with some of the musicians in residence: Phillippa Heath, Learning and Engagement Manager, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) with Jackie Oates, musician in residence; Jayne Young, Education Officer, National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandJoanna Salter, Senior Manager for Participation, National Maritime Museum with Aimée Leonard and Joe Danks, musicians in residence.

Also presenting on the day will be Ollie Douglas, Curator of MERL Collections, and Phillippa Heath talking about intangible cultural heritage in MERL’s collections and the wider museum landscape. Rhi Smith, University of Reading’s Director of UMASCS Academic Learning and Engagement, will speak about Heritage and Creativity and her perspective within the higher education sector. There will be an update from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with Sarah Jones, Programme Manager of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and Rachel Elliott, Education Director, on EFDSS’ Education work across the country. Finally there will be a reflection on the place of folk music in the secondary music curriculum with Sarah and Rachel joined by local music teacher Charles Allison, who is a graduate of the University of Reading’s PGCE Secondary Education (Music).

Having been enthused by the speakers' presentations, there will be the opportunity for networking and sharing of ideas.

There will be at a lunchtime music session so bring your instruments, voices and dancing feet! 

And to finish off the day, you can stay on for the evening and see FOLK: A MERL LATE

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