The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

The Morris Ring Archives

Handsworth Sword Dancers in 1913 The Morris Ring has an extensive archive of morris related material, and is always interested in any such items. Please contact one of the archivists listed below or the Chair of Morris Ring Archive Group, ChrisWildridge, if you want more information.

The Morris Ring Archivists

The archivists are currently:

  • Archive Group (Chairman): chrisdwildridge [at] hotmail.com (Chris Wildridge)
  • Keeper of the Paper & Film Archive: Geoff Douglas
  • Keeper of the Mumming Archive: to be advised
  • Keeper of the Ring Photograph Archive: duncan.broomhead [at] btopenworld.com (Duncan Broomhead)
  • Keeper of the Sword Dance Archive: to be advised
  • Keeper of the Sound Archive: andy.padmore [at] ntlworld.com (Andy Padmore)
  • New Dance Collator:lester.bailey [at] gmail.com (Lester Bailey)
  • Scrapbook Keeper: cliffmarchant [at] btinternet.com (Cliff Marchant)
  • Logbook Keeper: charliecorcoran7 [at] ntlworld.com (Charlie Corcoran)

Links to other archive resources

  • The Morris Ring Archive - has just been moved to the Essex Records Office (July 2010).
  • Side Histories a list of Morris Ring sides and when they were founded and then joined the Morris Ring.
  • Mumming Ron Shuttleworth's archive of mumming plays.
    See also the Folk Play Research Site and Master Mummers, as well as the electronic version of the Cawte, Helm, and Peacock English Ritual Drama (ERD).
  • Photographs we have a large archive of morris photographs, although at present these are not available to view on this website. However, for those interested, the North-west Morris website lists and links to over 18 organisations and individuals who have websites with archive photographs, and film, of pre-WW2 NW teams.
  • Video & Film The late Ivor Alsop ran our video archive and there is a considerable collection of videos, both of sword dance events, of past Morris Ring meetings and other morris events. See the index here {but note that this index is still being corrected and compiled.
  • Animals Phil Underwood has an archive for the many beasts in the morris! Meanwhile don't forget The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts!