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Employer: English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
Location: Cecil Sharp House, London NW1
Salary: £25,000 pa
Published Date: 30 Oct 2017
Status: Permanent, full time (35 hours pw)
Ref: EFD3010

Job Description

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is offering an exciting opportunity for a committed library and information professional to join the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library as Librarian.

Background Information

EFDSS is the award-winning national development organisation for the English folk arts. This multi-faceted organisation is a membership society; the central venue for England’s folk arts (Cecil Sharp House); an education, training and development agency; an advocate on behalf of the folk arts; and custodian of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), England's dedicated folk music and dance archive.
EFDSS became an Arts Council England Regularly Funded Organisation in 2009, and as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) has confirmed funding to 2022.

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The VWML was founded with the opening of Cecil Sharp House in 1930. Originally called the Cecil Sharp Library, it housed Sharp’s collection of approximately 1,000 books, which he bequeathed the English Folk Dance Society. The library was renamed in honour of the composer, song collector and President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), Ralph Vaughan Williams, who died in 1958.

The amalgamation of English Folk Dance Society and the Folk-Song Society in the early 1930s, plus the subsequent bequests, donations and purchases since that time, saw the library grow considerably over the years, most notably with the addition of other media, including sound, moving image, pictorial and manuscript collections of many of the most eminent folklorists and collectors of the twentieth century. Today, VWML is a multi-media library and archive, and achieved the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s designated status in 2011 in recognition of its status as England’s principal folk arts collection.

For more information on the role, please click here or click on the Apply button below to access downloadable documents on the EDFSS website.



Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form (CVs will not be accepted). Applications can be made by e-mail or post. Completed applications should be emailed to: recruitment@efdss.org for the attention of Rosie Baker, Operations Director.

Posted applications should be marked ‘Assistant Librarian’ and ‘Confidential’.

Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 19th November at 9pm.

Interviews will be held week commencing 4th December at Cecil Sharp House.

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