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Visit to the library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society [TG4/EFDSS]


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY

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“The most important concentration of material on traditional song, dance and music in the country.”
A Dictionary of English Folklore


The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is England’s national folk music and dance archive, an essential resource for anybody interested in the folk arts.

Founded in 1930 as the Cecil Sharp Library and housing Cecil Sharp’s personal book collection (which helped lay the foundations of the modern folk revival), it is now a multi-media library of distinction. It is a comprehensive collection, containing the largest number of manuscripts in England and providing an insight into history and regional variations.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is the library’s custodian. The Library is housed at the Society’s HQ, Cecil Sharp House.

The Library was given an excellence award by the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) in 2010 and designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

The visit will include a talk and a tour of the library with a chance to ask questions.

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road,
Camden, NW1 7AY

Bookings for visits are open to members of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries only.

PLEASE NOTE: This visit is now full. All new bookings will be added to a waiting list.

To reserve a space please use our online booking form.


If subsequent to booking a place on a cpd25 visit you find that you are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know this as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than three working days before the event will be charged a £15 cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, £25 will be charged.

Booking form for M25 Members   Booking form for non-Members