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Childhood Legends Brought to Life at the University of Worcester

A conference exploring the folklore of childhood will take place at the University of Worcester this weekend.

The Folklore Society will hold its annual general meeting and conference at the University from Friday to Sunday.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Childlore and the Folklore of Childhood”, which will see presentations from a range of experts from both inside and outside the academy on such diverse topics as folk song, legend, traditions and beliefs, and popular culture.

The Folklore Society is a learned society devoted to the study of traditional culture in all its forms. It was founded in London in 1878 and was one of the first organisations established in the world for the study of folklore.

The Folklore Society's interest and expertise covers such topics as traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief, as well as popular religion, traditional and regional food, folk medicine, children's folklore, traditional sayings, proverbs, rhymes and jingles.

The Conference will host over 20 renowned delegates from a wide cultural spectrum including UK, the United States, Lithuania and Greece.

On Friday afternoon there will be a Presidential Lecture followed by a wine reception hosted by the University of Worcester’s Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.