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At the heart of English folk
Cecil Sharp House

Easter opening times

Please note that the Cecil Sharp House offices will be closed from 5.30pm on Thursday 17 April and will reopen on Tuesday 22 April at 9.30am.

The Full English free archive open day in Wiltshire

Expert speakers, view original collections and learn how to access the world’s biggest digital archive of folk song, tune, dance and custom manuscripts.

Sidmouth FolkWeek is 60

EFDSS at Sidmouth FolkWeek

From its early incarnation as an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) dance event in 1955, through its heady international days of dance displays and now, back to the heart of high-quality music, dance and song, Sidmouth FolkWeek has always offered the very finest festival holiday.


Lift at Cecil Sharp House in action

Advance notice of lift closure at Cecil Sharp House

Between Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 April inclusive the lift at Cecil Sharp House will be out of service due to essential planned maintenance work. Please note that during this period there will be no step-free access to the building, or between floors, and at times there will be construction noise.

Continued professional development

Professional development one day courses for teachers, artists and educators

As part of The Full English project – a nationwide learning programme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund – the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is hosting professional development courses across the country. These events will demonstrate the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum from key stages 1 - 5, including work at GCSE and A Level, inspired by The Full English digital archive of manuscript materials. If you want to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to start using folk music, dance and drama to enhance your teaching, find an event happening near you and get involved!