Caught by the River

The Ballad of British Folklore

1st August 2016

IMG_4871 Fireworks posters from the Maurice Evans collection and a selection of Morris dolls © Museum of British Folklore

This summer, Christie’s auction house, in South Kensington, London, will host an exhibition charting the history of the Museum of British Folklore.

Fireworks, photography, costumes, contempary artworks and Morris Dolls will all be on display, alongside the museum’s plans for a permanent home. This free exhibition runs from 25 July to 1 September. More information here.

IMG_4873 Objects from the Barbara Jones archive © Museum of British Folklore

To celebrate, Christie’s will host an evening dedicated to British folk culture as part of their Christie’s Lates series. Taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 2 August, the event includes folklore-inspired mask-making with illustrator Rob Flowers; a Morris dancing presentation by all-female troupe Boss Morris; a panel discussion between photographer Henry Bourne and Director of MoBF Simon Costin; a talk on collecting British folk art by gallerist Robert Young and a performance by Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer Sam Lee. This event runs from 6:00pm – 8:30 pm and is free to attend.

IMG_4879 Images (l- r) Rosy Nicholas: ‘Oh, England’; Alec Doherty: ‘Haxey Hood’; H.Y.T Studio: ‘Baal Fire’ courtesy of Beach London © Museum of British Folklore