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At the heart of English folk

Musicians in Museums

exploring the tangible and intangible heritage of England

EFDSS is partnering with the National Coal Mining Museum for England, the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life to offer folk music artists an exciting creative and learning opportunity.

With funding from Help Musicians, over the next two years we are looking for six excellent artists to be a musician in residence at one of these museums and explore the creative links between the tangible culture and history of the museum collections and artefacts and the intangible culture and history of folk songs and tunes.

The residencies are spread over a 12 month period and each artist will receive a bursary of £5000 to develop a new music work to be performed at the end of the residency and deliver outreach activities to engage people with the museums and with folk music.

The first residency will be with the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, starting in the autumn 2017. The residencies with NMM and MERL are now open and will begin in January 2018.


National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Period - January 2018 for 12 months

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading
Period – January/February 2018 for 12 months  

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Period - September 2017 for 12 months

Applications have now closed.


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