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Centre for Medical History presents Industrial Folk Songs & Stories of Working Life

Join us for an evening of music, drama and discussion focusing on how folk music gives insight into the working lives of people, past and present

Wednesday 7 November 2012
FREE Ticketed Event
The Barnfield Theatre Auditorium

‘Industrial Folk: Songs and Stories of Working Life’ is an event being held as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science Week. This is a national event which aims to provide the opportunity for universities to share some of their research work with the wider general public. The event is being hosted by Dr Sarah Hayes, Centre for Medical History, to showcase current research into the history of domestic life and occupational health.

The concert will feature traditional and contemporary folk music, performed by both renowned professional musicians and local musicians, and aims to highlight the use of folk songs and oral history accounts as important historical sources in the study of the social history of working lives. The evening will include songs about the mining, shipbuilding and textile industries, and agricultural life, economic emigration and unemployment. Each song will be followed by a discussion style talk, which will set the songs in their historical context.

There will also be a drama performance and readings from students at the Wessex Performing Arts Academy. The evening will end with a question and answer session providing interactive engagement with the audience.

Tickets are only available direct from the Barnfield Theatre on 01392 270891 or in person at the Theatre Box Office.  For more information please contact Dr Sarah Hayes.

Date: 29 October 2012

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