EFDSS win Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of 154,500 to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for an exciting new project entitled Take 6. The grant will enable the EFDSS to archive and conserve six unique folk song manuscripts and make them more widely accessible to the public, including some of the communities where they were first collected.

Over the next two years EFDSS will archive and conserve over 4,400 paper items, digitalise them and make them widely accessible through the web.

Library Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Malcolm Taylor OBE, said, 'Our vision is to take these wonderful collections from a tiny room in Camden and give them back to the communities whose history and traditions they represent.'

Sue Bowers, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager in London added; 'This is a great opportunity to open up six important collections of folk music and materials to communities across London and beyond. It is so important to get young people interested in the past on their doorstep and the scheme will allow schoolchildren to bring the past to life in a fun, interactive way.'

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updated: 14 years ago