fonds YGG - Yorkshire Garland Group Archive

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Yorkshire Garland Group Archive


  • 2005-2010 (Creation)

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0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Administrative history

The Yorkshire Garland Group was formed on 18 November 2005 with the mission of making Yorkshire’s folk song heritage more widely and readily available to the public. The Group is administered by an Executive Management Committee, which initially comprised of a chairperson, secretary and treasurer, although a publicity officer and webmaster have since been added. Its inaugural committee was Steve Gardham, Mike Parsey and Ray Padgett.

In 2006 the Group were awarded a grant by the Local Heritage Initiative, later the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create an interactive website of Yorkshire folk songs with accompanying contextual information. The two year project involved seeking out and recording traditional and new songs to be hosted for free on the Group’s website and publicising the music by use of CD Roms and school and community outreach.

The website was launched on 15 September 2007 at the National Centre for Early Music in York. By the close of the project the Group had recorded 88 songs and created 40 CD Roms to be sent to libraries around the country. They also held seven folk music evenings and worked with a number of local schools.

As of 2017 the Group are still active and the database of Yorkshire folk songs hosted on the website continues to grow as new recordings are added, taking the current total to more than 120.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2008. Further additions were made to the archive in 2009 and 2010.

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Scope and content

Constitution, c.2005; Management Committee meeting minutes, 2005-2008; financial papers, 2006-2008; copyright papers; correspondence, 2005-2008; papers concerning Local Heritage Initiative grant, including grant application, plans, quarterly reports and final report, 2005-2008; papers concerning website, including costings, planning papers and print out of website pages, c.2007-2010; sheet music for folksongs, n.d.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Finding aids

The archive has not yet been catalogued. Please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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Recordings of the folksongs collected by the Yorkshire Garland Group, together with lyrics and sheet music, are available on the group's website:

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 13.02.17.




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