English Folklore & Calendar Customs
Did your ancestor chase cheeses down steep hillsides in Gloucestershire, or carry flaming tar barrels on their shoulders to celebrate Bonfire Night in an otherwise sleepy Devon village? This talk will look at some of the curious customs and events that occur across the country to mark the passing of the year, from wassails and straw bears, through mock mayors and rushcarts, to mummers’ plays and molly dancing.
Dr Wooders has a long interest in archaeology, history and folklore, and has attended and participated in many traditional events across the country.
This talk is the first of three in the Autumn Potpourri online talks series. Book all three talks in the series for £12.50 (members £10). The other talks take place on 23rd November and 14th December.
Pre-booking is required, because the event link will be sent in advance.
To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance.
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Dr Jameson Wooders
Dr Jameson Wooders has a long interest in local archaeology, history and folklore, and has attended – and sometimes even taken part in – many traditional events across the country. He has been a morris dancer since his teens, and can trace his ancestry in Berkshire back 500 years – though so far he has not been able to connect the two!