'Folklore is the way that people fill their lives with meaning, through the stories they share, the daily rituals they perform.' Folklore Society Leaflet.
This one-day conference, held in conjunction with the Folklore Society and the South East London Folklore Society (SELFS), explores not only the history of London’s traditions and collectors of London folklore, but also modern interpretations and rediscoveries of old customs. The conference will discuss magical talisman collections, seasonal customs, urban witchcraft and contemporary mysteries. Meet the Jack-in-the-Green, learn the secrets of Crossbones Graveyard, hear stories of the city’s rats and ravens, and learn of London’s people from their own stories and beliefs.
Doc Rowe, London Seasonal Customs
Sonia Ritter & Dr Eva Griffit, The Lions Part Bankside festivals: the old in the new
Antony Clayton, Strange Brew: The Folklore of London pubs
John Callow, Witchcraft & Witch Trials in London
John Constable, The Southwark Mysteries and the Crossbones Shrine
Mark Pilkington, The Brompton Cemetery Time Machine
Sarah Crofts, The Deptford Jack-in-the-Green
Paul Cowdell, Rats, Redstarts, and Ravens
Richard Barnett, Folklore, medicine and the body in London's history
Official Website: http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events_details.asp?EventsID=343
Added by sumit on December 1, 2008