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Morris Federation Zoom Talk

Updated: Jun 22, 2023


Talk – “Carnivals, Contests and Coronations” – Richard Nelson (LIVE on Zoom). All welcome!


Saturday 25 February, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Talk – “Carnivals, Contests and Coronations, a social history of Morris Dancing in Trafford before the second world war” – Richard Nelson

Although there is not a large body of evidence before the twentieth century for morris dancing in the towns in the area that is now Trafford, Greater Manchester, it became very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Huge crowds turned out for lavish carnivals and pageants staged to raise money for health care. Amongst the main attractions at these events were fiercely contested dancing competitions which drew in large audiences to watch morris and entertaining troupes from all over the North West.


Image: Linotype and Machinery Morris Dancers at Linotype Football Ground 1930, courtesy Trafford Local Studies Centre.

This illustrated presentation will consider the origins of the morris dancing in Trafford; the different ways in which morris developed in Altrincham (formerly Cheshire) and Stretford (formerly Lancashire); the context for morris dancing in the 1920s and 1930s and the implications of the competitive aspect; what is known about the format of the morris dancing, and some of the outcomes of research that have intrigued or surprised the presenter. Approx timings: Talk – about 1 hour, followed by Q & A. To register for the Talk – “Carnivals, Contests and Coronations, a social history of Morris Dancing in Trafford before the second world war”– Richard Nelson https://www.morrisfed.org.uk/event/carnivals-contests-and-coronations-richard-nelson/ You will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!). We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event. Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.

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