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Friday, 22 May 2009

Traditional British culture has been forgotten

Simon Costin is taking his Museum of British Folklore around the country in a caravan. Here he argues for its relevance

Most European countries celebrate their national indigenous culture, but in Britain folklore has been totally overlooked. It is often trivialised, reported as being all quirky little Morris dancers and cheese-rolling.

In fact there are around 730 recorded annual seasonal customs, from the May Day festivals to the Lewes bonfire or the barrel-burning at Ottery St Mary. They are a fantastic way of bringing people together, celebrating life.

Read More: The Times 22nd May 2008

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