Major Collections: Lists & Their Contents.


Considered too large or of insufficient general interest to be included here, but knowledge of which may be useful to some.

Roomer: An Occasional Newsletter for Researchers in Traditional Drama. The Newsletter of the Traditional Drama Research Group (TRDG) pdfs Vol. 1/1, Sept. 1980 – Vol. 8/1, 1991. plus Index.

Traditional Drama Forum: The Online Newsletter of the Traditional Drama Research Group (TRDG) Cumulative Contents in WORD plus pdfs of all issues from no.1, 08.2000 – no.15, 08.2010..

Rattle Up My Boys: A Quarterly Publication For those With An Interest In Sword Dancing. A full run from 1987, series 1, issue 1 to date – ongoing. Plus various indices and a spreadsheet of contents.

Books and Booklets. The Collection contains digital copies of all those dedicated to the subject. (See Booklist)

AUDIO and VIDEO material. The Collection has quite a large accumulation, which is in desperate need of proper sorting and recording.

Chapbooks containing Mumming texts. At one time I thought that I had facsimiles of all known copies, but extensive, unpublished work by Paul Smith (ongoing) means that is no longer complete.


ORDISH, Thomas Fairman. The Collection holds the entire contents copied from the Steve Roud Collection. Plus indices and related papers.

HELM, Alex. The Collection holds numerous listings plus related papers including all the Papers written by Helm for his lectures at Keele University and on which his posthumous book is based.

CARPENTER, James Madison. The Collection holds listings of all the relevant contents plus numerous papers.

The Collection holds the contents and/or listings of many lesser collections.

COLLECTED COLLECTIONS. Details of all Collections of Papers known which (may) contain material significant to the subject, with separate lists of Contents held; Listings held; Locations, etc.
These lists do not include the many individual items taken – it is always worth checking with me.

It’s hard to know when to stop – I have so much. I once asked a visitor how I could explain the extent of the Collection. His reply was “You can’t”.