EFDSS, founded in 1932 from the merger of the Folk Song Society and the English Folk Dance Society, is the national development agency for preserving, protecting, disseminating and promoting the folk arts at the heart of England’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.
We run programmes of education and artist development at Cecil Sharp House and a range of venues across England, and through our library and archive. When Vaughan Williams died in 1958 he was the president of EFDSS, and it was decided to rename the library in his honour. Though most of Vaughan Williams’ folk material and manuscripts were deposited in the British Library, the VWML holds his folk music scrapbooks and broadside collection, as well as some correspondence and other texts.
> Click here to view details of the Vaughan Williams collections at EFDSS *
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road
Open to the public, no booking required. Currently open 11am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday, and the first and third Saturdays of the month. Hours may extend in the near future.