The Full English Project

The National Coal Mining Museum for England teams up with English Folk Dance, Song Society and Wakefield Music Hub to serve up ‘The Full English Extra’

The National Coal Mining Museum for England are pleased to confirm that they have joined up with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to deliver an innovative learning programme as part of a new initiative to preserve and promote the folk arts.

From September 2015 – March 2016, The Full English Extra will be providing an exciting new learning experience for primary schools that will combine folk arts and heritage learning.

Working in collaboration with the Wakefield Music Education Hub, the Museum and EFDSS will run music projects with six schools in Featherstone during the autumn and spring terms. As part of the project, pupils will also be working towards an Arts Award. The first school visit will take place on 8 January 2016 and will conclude with a spring performance in 2016.

The Full English Extra builds on the success of EFDSS’ flagship project The Full English, which created the world’s largest digital archive of folk songs, dances, tunes and customs, and a nationwide learning programme that reached more than 15,500 people. The Full English Extra project will extend the society’s Vaughn William Memorial Library digital archive by adding a further three collections, alongside its collection of 19th century broadside ballads and songsters. These include the scrapbooks and personal papers of two highly inspiring women, Mary Neal and Daisy Caroline Daking, who were instrumental in the proliferation, preservation and promotion of traditional English Morris and sword dances in the early 20th century.

Jayne Ambrose, Education Officer at the National Coal Mining Museum for England comments, “We are delighted to be working with the English Folk Dance and Song Society; folk music is part of coal mining’s rich cultural heritage and we hope that music recordings created during the project will feature in a forthcoming special exhibition about mining words and music.”

The Full English Extra is supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Editor’s Notes The Full English Extra The project will see EFDSS add the collections of Mary Neal, a suffragette, radical arts practitioner and founder of the Esperance Girls Club, and folk dance educator Daisy Caroline Daking to its Vaughan Williams Memorial Library online archive, alongside its collection of 19th century broadside ballads and songsters. Mary Neal, a social reformer and champion of working class women and a folk revivalist, founded the Esperance Girls Club to provide assistance to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, and went on to form the Esperance Morris Club, which taught its members traditional dances and songs. Many of its members became teachers of dance themselves, and the club aided Cecil Sharp in the writing of his first morris book. Daisy Caroline Daking was also a dance teacher. During the First World War she travelled to France and helped to rehabilitate injured soldiers by sharing her enthusiasm for traditional sword and morris dance with them. The learning programme will create new material for EFDSS’ Resource Bank ( that provides freely accessible folk arts learning materials. It will provide one folk arts education traineeship and CPD events for teachers and educators from the museum and cultural sectors. About The Full English The Full English Extra project builds on the work of The Full English, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which saw EFDSS working in 2012 – 2014 with libraries and archives, cultural organisations and schools across England. This included the development of a digital archive and a national learning programme.

For more information visit About the English Folk Dance and Song Society The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) was established in 1932 by the merger of the Folk-Song Society, founded in 1898, and the English Folk Dance Society, founded by Cecil Sharp in 1911. As the national development organisation for the folk arts, EFDSS aims to place the traditional arts of England at the heart of our cultural life - preserving, protecting, disseminating and promoting English traditional folk arts. EFDSS’ library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, is the national folk music library and archive - serving as a valuable resource for anybody working in the folk arts. EFDSS is a charity registered in England and Wales, no. 305999.

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