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At the heart of English folk

More calls for Musicians in Museums

Exploring the tangible and intangible heritage of England

We are delighted to be partnering with the National Coal Mining Museum for England, the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life to offer folk music artists exciting creative and learning opportunities.


With funding from Help Musicians, over the next two years we are looking for six excellent artists to be a musician in residence at one of these museums and explore the creative links between the tangible culture and history of the museum collections and artefacts and the intangible culture and history of folk songs and tunes.

The residencies are spread over a 12 month period. Each artist will receive a bursary of £5000 to develop a new music work to be performed at the end of the residency and deliver outreach activities to engage people with the museums and with folk music.

The first residencies started in Autumn 2017 with the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.  

Applications are invited now for residencies with NMM and MERL, for a January 2018 start.


National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Period - Autumn 2017 for 12 months

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Period - January 2018 for 12 months
Closing date for applications: Monday 6 November 2017

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading
Period – January/February 2018 for 12 months  
Closing date for applications: Friday 10 November 2017


National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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