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At the heart of English folk

Historic Dance and Tune Books

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) contains many rare and unique items of literature, both printed and in manuscript. Focussing here on dance and dance music, in this Gallery we are making available for browsing some of these treasures which have previously only been available for viewing at Cecil Sharp House.

These pages are still under development, many of the tunes have not been catalogued and given a title yet, and we are aware that there are several that have been given the wrong title. We are gradually working through, correcting and cataloguing as we go. We felt is was better to release the galleries now as is, rather than waiting until they are absolutely perfect. We intend to add to this Gallery over time as more funding becomes available. We also intend to link the pages displayed to other parts of the website, such as the Dance Tune Index.


Support us

If you are interested in helping fund the development of this Gallery, please contact the library team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The VWML is indebted to Robin Seifert for his kind assistance digitising the manuscript collections. The development of this Gallery has been funded by the Islington Folk Club and Paul Cooper.

Browse the Gallery of Historic Dance and Tune Books
Search the Dance and Tune Index


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