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Conference 1: Histories of the Morris in Britain

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
25-26 March 2017

Morris dance has been an enduring feature of British culture for more than six centuries. The Histories of the Morris in Britain was a two-day conference held at Cecil Sharp House on the 25th and 26th March 2017, organised by the Historical Dance Society and the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The proceedings have now been published, and can be bought from the Historical Dance Society Publications or The Folk Shop. The papers can be download free of charge from The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Edited by Michael Heaney, papers cover the latest in morris dance research and are an invaluable addition to our understanding of this enduring feature of British culture. Topics ranged from the early days of morris dance as found in the Jacobean court, to revival and formation of women’s sides, alongside explorations of context, costume, and competing art forms.

AuthorTitle
Introduction

The History of History

John ForrestHow to read The History of Morris Dancing
Anne DayeMorris and Masque at the Jacobean Court
Jennifer ThorpRank Outsider or Outsider of Rank: Mr Isaac's Dance 'The Morris'
Jameson Wooders'Time to Ring Some Changes': Bell Ringing and the Decline of Morris Dancing in the Earlier Eighteenth Century
Michael HeaneyMorris Dancers in the Political and Civil Process
Peter BearonCoconut Dances in Lancashire, Mallorca, Provence and on the Nineteenth-Century Stage

The Early Revival

Katie Palmer Heathman'I Ring for the General Dance': Morris and Englishness in the Work of Conrad Noel
Matt Simons'Pilgrimages to Holy Places': the Travelling Morrice, 1924-1939
Roy Fenton'Destruction not Inscription': How a Pioneering Revival Side Developed
Elaine BradtkeMorris Tunes Collected by James Madison Carpenter

The Later Revival

Sue AllanMerrie England, May Day and More: Morris Dances in Cumbria in the Early Twentieth Century
Derek SchofieldA Different Sort of Revival: The Life and Times on the Manley Morris Dancers
Sean Goddard and Ed BassfordConsequences of Bringing North-west Morris to the South-east of England: The Chanetonbury Ring Effect
Robert DunlopMorris Dancing at Kirtlington Lamb Ale: Heyday, Decline and Revival

Women in Morris

Sally WearingWhat to Dance? What to Wear? The Repertoire and Costume of Morris Women in the 1970s
Val ParkerThe Women's Morris Federation - from Start to Finish
Lucy WrightThis Girl Can Morris Dance: Girls' Carnival Morris Dancing and the Politics of Participation

Material Culture

Chloe MetcalfeWhy do Morris Dancers Wear White?
David PettsMaterializing Morris Dancing: Tangible Aspects of an Intangible Heritage

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