What is the Doc Rowe Archive and Collection?
The Doc Rowe Archive and Collection comprises of audio and video material documenting British folk culture, the most extensive collection found in the country. The Collection contains:
- audio and video recordings, with related documentation and transcripts;
- photographs and transparencies, both archival and contemporary;
- written and printed material, such as field-notes, correspondence, posters, newspaper cuttings; and
- exhibition and display material.
Who is Doc Rowe?
Traditional song and custom has been the focus of Doc Rowe’s life. His voracious documentation of customs – including an annual pilgrimage to Padstow’s May Day since 1963 – has seen him amass an enviable collection which is currently housed in Whitby.
A seasoned teacher, speaker, broadcaster and writer on traditional song and custom, Doc is in demand for his knowledge. He is a committee member of the Folklore Society and the Oral History Society, and a member of the Traditional Song Forum. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate and the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his services to traditional song and dance.