From: Jo Breeze <jo_at_efdss_dot_org>
Date: 29 March 2011 13:07:30 GMT+01:00
Subject: EFDSS project 'The Full English' awarded funding by Heritage Lottery
EFDSS awarded funding
to tell the story of traditional, rural and working class culture in 20th
29 March 2011: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given the green light to support the
English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) 'The Full English' project, it
was announced today. Development funding of £30,000 has been awarded by HLF
to help progress their plans, which will see EFDSS work with five other
nationally important English folk music and dance archive collections to tell
the story of traditional, rural and working class culture in 20th-century
The first-round pass* means that the project can now progress to the second
stage of the HLF application process, with up to two years to submit more
detailed plans and apply for the full grant of just over £615,400.
The project will carry out essential conservation work, digitise the
collections and join them through a single web portal, allowing online public
access to the collections for the first time. An educational programme, which
draws upon and is inspired by the collections, will be run in 21 different
locations in England. The programme will aim to greatly increase awareness
and knowledge of folk in education through training of music educators and
teachers, provision of educational resources, regional learning events, and
creative projects in primary and secondary schools and wider community.
Volunteers will also be given training so they can help care for the
collection and support the accompanying activity programme.
Commenting on the award, Katy Spicer, Chief Executive of EFDSS, said "We
are absolutely thrilled to be given this initial support and its endorsement
of the importance of intangible heritage. The Full English is a major
project for the EFDSS presenting the opportunity for us to work with
communities across England and to provide world-wide access to some of the
most important folk dance and song collections in England.”
Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: “We’re
extremely pleased to give initial support to EFDSS for this wide-ranging
educational project. Whilst this is just the beginning of the journey, the
award of this development money will enable them to work up their plans for a
full grant in the future."
The Full English project will join up a complete set of the most important
folk music collections in England - those of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood,
Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Thomas Fairman
Ordish, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alfred Williams - through a
single web portal, allowing public access to 39,179 items via 70,862 individually
digitised pages. This will involve partnership between six archives at
English Folk Dance and Song Society; The British Library; Clare College,
Cambridge; The Folklore Society at University College London; the Mitchell
Library, Glasgow; and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
The collections will form the foundation for learning and participation
programmes to be run across nine regions of England which it is estimated
will involve over 20,000 people of all ages. The project will comprise
projects with children and young people, work with teachers and other arts
educationalists; partnering with local arts organisations to deliver
community projects comprising participatory events and concerts; archive and
history projects and training of volunteers in archive and conservation work.
For more information, please contact Jo Breeze, Marketing Manager at the
EFDSS, on jo_at_efdss_dot_org or 020 7485 2206
*A first-round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and we
believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for
Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable
projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals.
Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two
years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.