The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

The Histories of Morris In Britain

The Histories of Morris In Britain

Mike Heaney has announced that the proceedings of last year's Histories of Morris conference are now published.

You can read all the contributions free of charge online and download pdfs of them, and download a pdf of the whole book.

If you want to buy a  hard copy it's a nicely produced softback, there's a link to enable that too.

(Full disclosure: - he edited it and wrote the content of this article)

It's all at





There are 19 chapters

The History of History

How to Read The History of Morris Dancing by John Forrest

Morris at Court

Morris and Masque at the Jacobean Court by Anne Daye

Rank Outsider or Outsider of Rank: Mr Isaac's Dance 'The Morris' by Jennifer Thorp

The Morris Dark Ages

'Time to Ring some Changes': Bell Ringing and the Decline of Morris Dancing in the Earlier Eighteenth Century by Jameson Wooders

Morris Dancers in the Political and Civic Process by Michael Heaney

Coconut Dancers in Lancashire, Mallorca, Provence and on the Nineteenth-century Stage by Peter Bearon (with a couple of videos on the website)

The Early Revival

'I Ring for the General Dance': Morris and Englishness in the Work of Conrad Noel by Katie Palmer Heathman

'Pilgrimages to Holy Places': the Travelling Morrice, 1924–1939 by Matt Simons

'Destruction not Inscription': How a Pioneering Revival Side Developed by Roy Fenton

Morris Tunes Collected by James Madison Carpenter by Elaine Bradtke

The Later Revival

Merrie England, May Day and More: Morris Dances in Cumbria in the Early Twentieth Century by Sue Allan

A Different Sort of Revival: The Life and Times of the Manley Morris Dancers by Derek Schofield

Consequences of Bringing North-west Morris to the South-east of England: The Chanctonbury Ring Effect by Sean Goddard and Ed Bassford

Morris Dancing at Kirtlington Lamb Ale: Heyday, Decline and Revival by Robert Dunlop

Women in Morris

What to Dance? What to Wear? The Repertoire and Costume of Morris Women in the 1970s by Sally Wearing

The Women's Morris Federation—from Start to Finish by Val Parker

This Girl Can Morris Dance: Girls' Carnival Morris Dancing and the Politics of Participation by Lucy Wright

Material Culture

Why do Morris Dancers Wear White? by Chloe Metcalfe

Materializing Morris Dancing: Tangible Aspects of an Intangible Heritage by David Petts