Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events. 

A big part of the ongoing work from this project has been designing and building a website, which will house lots of historic and new material relating to Kimber and his family, morris dancing, and Headington. As well as linking through to existing collections (for example the Full English collection at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library) we also have access to previously unpublished recordings and interviews with Kimber, as well as some new material that has been recorded as part of this project.

We are now at the stage where we're looking to recruit some volunteers to help us test the website, and it's varying functions. This will involve looking at content on the website, transcribing audio recordings, and submitting new content to the site. If you'd be interested in helping with this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!