Percy Manning - the Man Who Collected Oxfordshire

Percy Manning poster

2017 marks the centenary of the Oxfordshire folklorist and antiquary Percy Manning! He collected masses about folk songs and rhymes, mummers' plays and morris dancing from around Oxfordshire.

Overview of Events:

Friday 24 March: If you think the Morris revival started with Sharp and Kimber on Boxing Day 1899, think again! It started when Headington Quarry starred in a concert organized by Percy Manning. Now Headington Quarry and Magpie Lane RESTAGE that seminal performance at St Andrew's, Linton Rd, Oxford.

Saturday 18 February: "The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire" study day, Continuing Education, Rewley House, 9 am- 5pm

Sunday 12 March: Seasonal Songs and Forgotten Tunes“  - free Bodleian Libraries/ Music Faculty half-day workshop  exploring tunes from the collections of Percy Manning, 2-4 pm.

Wednesday 22 March: "What happened to the extraordinary collections of Percy Manning?” – Bodleian lunchtime lecture, free, open to all – Mike Heaney, Weston Library, 1 pm

Saturday 8 April: Blue plaque unveiling, Banbury Rd, Summertown, with the Stanton Harcourt morris dances collected by Manning perfomed by Icknield Way Morris Men - 11 am

Thursday 13 and 20 April: Drop-in Family Activity - Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids - make your own Green Man mask or Morris Man’s hat, Museum of Oxford

Saturday 6 May: Blow your own barkhorn with Chris from Acorn Education. See examples of English whithorns collected by Percy Manning before having a go at making and blowing your own - Pitt Rivers Museum, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm

Friday 26 May: "Percy Manning's explorations in Finstock and its neighbourhood" – talk by Mike Heaney, Finstock Village Hall 8 pm

See below for details on individual events

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Percy Manning centenary concert

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Friday 24th March; St Andrews Church, Oxford; 8pm
Featuring Mike Heaney
as Percy Manning, with guests Magpie Lane and Headington Quarry Morris Dancers

Percy Manning was the first proper Morris dance researcher. Everybody knows that the big revival began when Cecil Sharp met William Kimber and the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers on Boxing Day 1899, but not many know that that might never have even happened if Manning hadn't persuaded the side to re-form for a concert nine months previously.

This event recreates that seminal concert given by Percy Manning in 1899 where he celebrates the revival of morris dancing and 'exhibits' Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, their dances, songs and music. It is timed to coincide with 2017 being the centenary of Manning's death. It features the current side of Headington Quarry Morris Dancers and renowned local folk artists Magpie Lane.

As well as morris dancing, Manning collected a large amount of material relating to Oxfordshire history, folklore and customs, including local May customs and mumming. This concert is just one event of many in Oxford celebrating the Percy Manning Centenary including: exhibits/displays at the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Oxford, educational activities and the publication of a book Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire (Archaeopress).

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Percy Manning Centenary: Overview of events

Percy Manning poster

8 April: The blue plaque was unveiled today at 300 Banbury Road. See the video on YouTube!

Blue plaque

 

Thanks to Stanton Harcourt morris (aka Icknield Way) for performing the dances Manning collected. Here they are dancing Black Joke.

Next up are the Drop-in Family Activity  Days- Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids - make your own Green Man mask or Morris Man’s hat, on Thursday 13 and 20 April:  Museum of Oxford

Percy Manning gets a permanent memorial this Saturday 8 April when a blue plaque in his name is unveiled at his home on the Banbury Road in Oxford(opposite the BBC Studios) at 11 o'clock. Icknield Way will perform the Stanton Harcourt dances he collected there and at the Dewdrop Inn in Summertown

 

The concert was a blast! Thanks to all involved. Next up is Percy's  Blue Plaque featuring Stanton Harcourt Morris at 11 am on 8 April opposite the BBC Studios in Summertown!

The Percy Manning centenary concert next Friday 24th March is nearly sold out - Act now to secure your ticket! Late news 21 March - we've been able to release a small number of extra tickets so it's not too late to book for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Before then try the Wednesday 22 March lunchtime talk: "What happened to the extraordinary collections of Percy Manning?” – Bodleian lunchtime lecture, free, open to all but advance reservation is recommended – Mike Heaney, Weston Library, 1 pm

Lots of things now happening - three exhibitions are open and there's an interactive display from the Bodleian to play with as well!

The book is now out Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire published by Archaeopress with chapters on morris, mumming and may songs among other things; normal price £30 but you can get it at a 20% discount by filling in this form.

And get your tickets now for the unique concert with Headington Quarry and Magpie Lane!

Read about "The Man Who collected Oxfordshire" in February's Limited Edition magazine, out now with the Oxford Times!

Join in with the celebrations marking the centenary of the Oxfordshire folklorist and antiquary Percy Manning:

Friday 24 March: If you think the Morris revival started with Sharp and Kimber on Boxing Day 1899, think again! It started when Headington Quarry starred in a concert organized by Percy Manning. Now Headington Quarry and Magpie Lane RESTAGE that seminal performance at St Andrew's, Linton Rd, Oxford. Get your tickets here.

Saturday 18 February: "The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire" study day, Continuing Education, Rewley House, 9 am- 5pm

18 February-23 April "Percy Manning" Exhibition, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library. Free.

20 February-15 May "Percy Manning in Oxfordshire Folklore"  Museum trail, Pitt Rivers Museum. Free. Kirtlington Morris will be dancing at the opening of the display at 2 pm on the 20th!

4 March-22 April "Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A journey through the ritual year" Exhibition, Museum of Oxford. Free.

 

Sunday 12 March: Seasonal Songs and Forgotten Tunes“  - free Bodleian Libraries/ Music Faculty half-day workshop  exploring tunes from the collections of Percy Manning, 2-4 pm - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday 22 March: "What happened to the extraordinary collections of Percy Manning?” – Bodleian lunchtime lecture, free, open to all – Mike Heaney, Weston Library, 1 pm

Saturday 8 April: Blue plaque unveiling, Banbury Rd, Summertown, with the Stanton Harcourt morris dances collected by Manning perfomed by Icknield Way Morris Men - 11 am

Thursday 13 and 20 April: Drop-in Family Activity - Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids - make your own Green Man mask or Morris Man’s hat, Museum of Oxford

Saturday 6 May: Blow your own barkhorn with Chris from Acorn Education. See examples of English whithorns collected by Percy Manning before having a go at making and blowing your own - Pitt Rivers Museum, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm

Friday 26 May: "Percy Manning's explorations in Finstock and its neighbourhood" – talk by Mike Heaney, Finstock Village Hall 8 pm

From the summer-- "Percy Manning: The keen field antiquary" Display, Medieval gallery, Ashmolean Museum. Free.

Gigs & Concerts

Check this page for listings of one-off or regular gigs and concerts that are coming up in and around Oxfordshire.

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