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