Society for Folk Life Studies

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

We are very sad to report the death at the age of 88 of Trefor M. Owen, a former President of Folk Life, A graduate in geography and anthropology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Trefor went on to the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a year studying ethnology the university of Uppsala, Sweden. He was appointed to the staff of the Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans in 1954 and became its head from the retirement of Iorwerth Peate in 1971 to Trefor¹s own retirement in 1987. The author of numerous scholarly works about Welsh folk life and its study, he is perhaps best known for his volume Welsh Folk Customs, first published in 1959 and reprinted many times.