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.

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