The interdisciplinary study of regional cultures and traditions is the key aim of the Society for Folk Life Studies.

The Society is the only organisation in Britain that brings together curators, historians, geographers, musicologists, linguists and many other people to explore the regional identity of the British Isles and beyond. Founded in 1961, the Society currently boasts an international membership of around five hundred people and institutions. Its main activities are organising conferences and study days as well as publishing a refereed annual journal, Folk Life. Members maintain an important informal network of expertise and resources in areas such as

  • traditional crafts
  • costume and material culture
  • vernacular architecture
  • landscape studies
  • custom and tradition.

Our website includes information on how to join the society, and our activities including Folk Life, our annual Newsletter, our annual conference, study dayresources, and links to other organisations and activities that may be of interest to members.

Further information is available through the page links below, and the Categories links also below.

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