Rooted in the University of Sheffield's notable history of Folklore and Cultural Tradition research, The Contemporary Folklore Research Centre promotes and supports research into expressions of cultural and communal identities and practices.


The Contemporary Folklore Research Centre hosts activities for those from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, ranging from reading groups to social events. For further information, click the button below.


An ongoing Contemporary Folklore Research Centre project, Access Folk is exploring ways to increase and diversify participation in folk singing in England.

Guided by - rather than led by - academics, Access Folk gives a voice to those most affected by its results, and offer them a say in the direction of the project. It will not only address the needs of musical communities, but create an opportunity to meet the needs of a growing interest in folk singing.

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