Broadside Day 2018

24 February 2018 all-day
Cambridge University Library
West Rd
Cambridge CB3 9DR
Laura Smyth
020 7485 2206

This year’s Broadside Day will be hosted by the Rare Books Department of Cambridge University, which is home to the biggest single collection of 18th and 19th century broadsides in Britain, comprising over 30,000 ballads compiled by Sir Frederic Madden, Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts at the British Museum.


David Stenton—The Forth Valley Songster
Oskar Cox Jensen—Never Look a Ballad-Singer in the Mouth
Georgina Prineppi—From the Garden to the Street: Pleasure Garden Music and Broadsides in Eighteenth-Century London
Jonathan Cooper—Children’s Chapbooks
David Hopkin—Lacemakers, Ballads and Broadsides
E. Wyn James—’The Shepherd’s World’: The Earliest Welsh Broadside Ballad
Colin Bargery—Adventures in a Steamboat: A Broadside history of the impact of a new technology.
David Atkinson—Street Literature in Petticoat Lane, 1740s–1760s
Giles Bergel—The Stationers’ Company and the English Ballad Trade, 1550-1800

The Broadside Day is organised jointly by the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) and the Traditional Song Forum (TSF), and supported by Cambridge University Library. For more information, please contact: